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Joseph James Pagel Smoked Pot With Students, Sent Nude Photos: Cops

03/14/2015 09:48 am ET | Updated Mar 14, 2015
Bullhead City Police

A high school teacher in Bullhead City, Arizona smoked marijuana with students, and sent nude photos and sexually explicit texts to one of them, police allege.

Joseph James Pagel, 33, a math teacher at Mohave High School, was arrested Friday by Bullhead City Police after an investigation that began earlier this month. A female student had come forward with explicitly sexual texts allegedly sent by Pagel, according to ABC15.com.

The text messages include a request to perform oral sex. Pagel also allegedly sent two nude photos via text. Police said Pagel also received a partially nude photo of the student, according to the Havasu News.

Detectives interviewed several students and said there was evidence the suspect had gotten high with students in his home. On multiple occasions Pagel allegedly gave students pills that were believed to be Percocet while on school grounds, AZCentral reports.

Pagel is facing charges of attempted sexual conduct with a minor, furnishing harmful items to minors, electronic furnishing of harmful items to minors, luring a minor and transfer of marijuana, according to Fox 5 Las Vegas.

Pagel is currently on administrative pending resolution of the charges.

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