Licking, Mo —
A Licking High School teacher is on leave during an ongoing investigation. Jeremy L. Compton, 37, is accused of showing a student pornography and trying to cover up the crime. Compton faces a charge of furnishing pornography to a minor and tampering with physical evidence.
Police say someone made a hotline call to report the teacher used a cell phone to show a 17-year-old female student pornography. Compton is a basketball coach and a teacher in the district. The district's superintendent declined to say what subjects Compton taught. He also refused to say what kind of leave Compton was on or how long he had worked for the district. According to court documents, Compton was placed on paid administrative leave. "I think my son has him (as a teacher) that is really surprising," parent Juanita Kurbursky said.
The 17-year-old female student told police officers Compton showed her one picture of male genitalia. Two other pictures were of quote "porn stars" or “women bent over showing their butts and large breasts." Police say Compton told them he did not intentionally show the pictures to the student. "His explanation was that it wasn't his phone. He said he found it on school property and had accessed the phone to attempt to find out who the owner might be,” Licking Police Chief Scott Lindsey said “That's when he said the student grabbed it." Compton also told officers in order to get the student to stop asking questions about the phone he told her it was his.