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Ex-teacher faces sex charges

A former Pasco County elementary school teacher convicted this year of soliciting teenagers over the Internet for sex is facing the same charges in another county.

Joel Cupp, 31, was transferred on Saturday from his cell at the state prison in Jackson County to face charges in Martin County, where authorities say he engaged in lewd and lascivious behavior over the Internet in 2008.

Cupp was a teacher at Trinity Oaks Elementary until August 2008, when he was accused of lewd behavior online. He thought he was chatting with two girls, ages 13 and 14, and asked them to perform sex acts on him. He exposed himself on a Web cam. But he was talking to investigators posing as children. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced in April to six years in prison.

The Martin County charges date back to July 2008, when he allegedly showed his genitalia to a sheriff's detective posing as a 14-year-old girl in an Internet chat room. His first hearing on the latest charges will be Thursday, officials said.

Ex-teacher faces sex charges 10/26/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 26, 2009 8:56pm]
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