Teacher accused of sending nude pics in court

Posted at 9:18 PM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 19:09:47-05

A teacher at Loggers' Run Middle School in West Boca Raton made his first appearance in court Wednesday.

Matthew L. Webster, 41, was arrested Tuesday, according to Principal Fran Giblin.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Webster was arrested for sending nude photos of himself to a 14-year-old student via a smart phone. Webster will face charges of delivery of pornographic material harmful to a minor.

During his court appearance his bond was set at $100,000.

Giblin says while the allegations against the teacher are being investigated, the teacher will not be returning to campus and will be reassigned by a position where he will have no contact with students.

"At this time we do not have reason to believe that any of our students were affected," Giblin said.

Webster will have to pay for a monitor and be on house arrest, surrender his passport and avoid contact with minors.

Court records show Webster admitted to detectives to texting the girl. He told them he drinks alcohol to the point of not remembering what he did the next day and says he didn't know he sent the pictures to the girl.

Those documents list some of the messages Webster's accused of sending the girl.

"I almost feel I can tell u anything but at same time i feel like I'm going to jail lol," one read.

Detectives say other messages suggest Webster knew what he was doing was wrong.

"I better quit drinking and bothering you lol...I can go to jail for 20 years and I deserve it…."

A school district spokesperson says Webster taught culinary arts at Logger's Run Community Middle School. He started working there in August of 2000.  He also coached girl's basketball, and baseball.

Jennifer Beimel's daughter took the culinary arts class and her son played on his baseball team.

"My daughter said this is crazy, she never had any kind of weird vibe or anything from him," she explains.

Beimel is the president of the school's parent, teacher, student association. She says the group has discussed hosting a cyber safety class, or workshop, for students. This reinforces that idea.

"To teach them if this happens to you, what you should do, don't be afraid, don't keep a secret, tell somebody," Beimel lists some of the possibilities.

Webster is due back in court next month.