Alexander Michael Roy, Manatee Academy teacher, convicted of enticing minor, possessing child porn

FORT PIERCE — A Manatee Academy eighth-grade teacher has been convicted in federal court of online enticement of a minor and five counts of possessing child pornography.

Alexander Michael Roy, 31, of the 2300 block of Southwest Fern Circle in Port St. Lucie, faces from 10 years to life in prison on the online enticement of a minor charge and up to 10 years in prison for each of the child pornography charges when he is sentenced Sept. 10 by U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore.

According to St. Lucie County School District policy, he will be fired, according to Janice Karst, a district spokeswoman.

Roy, who has taught eighth-grade math and social studies at the Port St. Lucie school since 2008, was arrested Jan. 13 in Kissimmee. As part of a crackdown known as Operation Red Cheeks, Sumter and Osceola county sheriff's detectives posing as a 30-year-old mother and her 13-year-old daughter posted an ad on a website with the heading, "We are staying near Disney if you seek family intimate fun activities. Only serious interests please!"

In less than 30 minutes, a reply was received from a person who signed his name "xoxoxoxo alex."

"i'm a middle school teacher in port saint lucie, fl so i need to be discreet. i've got lots of pictures and i will share more of them once i know you are both for real," the email stated in part.

Roy agreed to meet the mother and daughter at a Waffle House in Kissimmee and have sex with both. Roy was arrested soon after arriving at the restaurant. Authorities testified he had condoms and personal lubricant in his possession.

Roy was convicted Friday after a five-day trial before a jury in the federal courthouse in Fort Pierce. Evidence presented at the trial included images of child pornography on Roy's computers, which were seized from his house under a search warrant.

Roy was put on administrative leave from the school district with pay, away from students, after his arrest, Karst said.

Karst said school board policy requires termination of an employee found guilty of a felony involving children, but as of Tuesday the district's human resources department had not received formal notification of Roy's conviction.

"We cannot complete the process until we have the documentation," she said.

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