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West Hall Middle teacher now faces felonies over obscene material
William David Bagwell
William David Bagwell

Update: William David Bagwell, 33, who was arrested on Sept. 26 and charged with sending inappropriate material via social media to a 14-year-old girl, faces two additional charges, both felonies, and investigators said a second victim had been discovered. 

“According to the investigation, Bagwell sent a message via social media to a second victim, a 15-year-old girl,” Derreck Booth, Hall County Sheriff’s Office’s spokesperson, said in a statement on Monday, Sept. 30. “The message described sexually explicit conduct.”

Bagwell was charged with obscene internet contact with a child.

In addition, Bagwell has been charged with sexual assault in relation to the first incident. During the initial investigation, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office determined that Bagwell, who taught physical education at West Hall Middle during the time, sent a photo of his genitals to a 14-year-old female. He was initially charged with furnishing obscene material to a minor, which is a misdemeanor.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office has no evidence that Bagwell had any physical contact with the two victims, Booth wrote.

The three charges relate to activity that took place between July 1, 2019, and Aug. 26, 2019, according to Booth. 

Bagwell posted a $17,100 bond on Sept. 27.

The case is still under investigation by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

Original story: A West Hall Middle School teacher has been accused of sending inappropriate material via social media to a 14-year-old student and was arrested Thursday night.

William David Bagwell, 33, was taken into custody at 10 p.m. Sept. 26 on the charge of electronically furnishing obscene material to a minor.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office determined during the initial investigation that Bagwell had sent a photo of his genitals to the female victim.

Bagwell teaches physical education and has worked in Hall County Schools since 2014. 

Stan Lewis, Hall County Schools’ director of communications and athletics, said in a press release on Friday, Sept. 27, that a high school student told a school resource officer that she had received inappropriate electronic messages from Bagwell.

The school district was made aware of these allegations early Thursday morning. 

“The school district will take appropriate measures to address the situation,” Lewis said in a press release. “The safety of our students is paramount.”

Bagwell was suspended immediately and law enforcement was contacted.

During his initial appearance in court on Friday the judge granted him a $15,000 commissional bond. Bagwell decided to hire his own attorney, who has not yet been named, for the case and did not ask for a committal hearing. The case will go on to Superior Court. 

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. 

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