Ft Worth Teacher Busted In OnlIne
FT WORTH, TX – A Fort Worth high school teacher was arrested on suspicion of online solicitation of a minor after a sting operation caught the 29-year-old man trying to meet with a person he believed to be a teenage girl for sex, police said. Six other men also were arrested.
Jarrod Cook, who teaches science at North Crowley High School, has been placed on administrative leave pending the result of an investigation, the district said. He was hired in August 2016.
The sting involved investigators posing as girls and boys ages 13 to 15, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The seven suspects went to an agreed location to have sexual contact with a person they believed to be a teenage girl.
Cook responded to a post on the Whisper app titled “Sunday funday?” that he thought was a 15-year-old girl. Cook told the poster,” “I think it’s kinda hot that you’re young and inexperienced,” according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the newspaper.
Cook continued to communicate with the “girl” in a sexual nature, including sending a photo of himself and a photo of a penis before asking to meet with her, the affidavit said.
Six others arrested were Douglas Hammonds, 63; Gary Gibson, 55; Donny Stringer, 59; James Marshall, 26; Zachary Blakley, 20; and Geronimo Farias, 32.
Arlington police, the Tarrant County sheriff’s office, Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division in Hurst and the Department of Homeland Security Investigations assisted Fort Worth police in the sting.