John Springer, former Royal Palm Beach High School teacher, jailed on charges of luring teen student

ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A former Royal Palm Beach High School teacher and volleyball coach was arrested Thursday, accused of using a cell phone to solicit or lure a child.

John Springer, 27, of Royal Palm Beach, was charged with three counts transmission of material harmful to a minor by electronic device and online solicitation of computer pornography after investigators say he sent naked photos of himself to a 17 year old student in October.

According to an arrest report, Springer approached a member of the varsity volleyball team he coached and told her he thought she was "hot" and liked her personality.

The conversation then escalated from flirting to sexual, the teen later told detectives when they began investigating allegations made against Springer.

According to the teen's statement, Springer began texting her naked photos of his body, including his genitals and buttocks, asking her "Do you like what you see?"

The teen told investigators that she sent him nude photos of herself after being requested to do so by Springer. She also said Springer asked if her could perform oral sex on her, according to the arrest report.

The report states Springer asked the teen at the end of October to delete all of the photos and texts.

During the investigation, detectives said Springer admitted to the allegations and said he felt guilty because he was 27 and she was 17.

Springer was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail around 5 p.m . and was released that same night after posting bond.

Springer was terminated from Royal Palm Beach High on Nov. 7 during a probationary period.

The case has been forwarded to the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office for review.

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