The head girls soccer coach at Flowery Branch High School has been arrested and is accused of sending a “sexually explicit photograph of himself” to one of his 16-year-old students, according to authorities.
Matthew Tyler Stubbs, 25, of Duluth, was charged with one count of electronically furnishing obscene material to a minor. According to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office records, it is a misdemeanor.
The Sheriff’s Office said Stubbs sent the inappropriate photo on Saturday, March 6.
The Hall County School District said it learned of the allegations Tuesday morning after a girl reported to a teacher that Stubbs allegedly sent inappropriate messages to her.
Stubbs was immediately placed on leave, and the Hall County Sheriff’s Office took the lead on the case, school officials said.
School district spokesman Stan Lewis said Stubbs was hired in May 2020, working as a special education teacher in addition to his role as the head girls’ soccer coach.
Stubbs was given a bond of $10,000 Wednesday afternoon following his first appearance in Magistrate Court.
“Tyler is a good young man (who) has dedicated his life to teaching and coaching throughout the state of Georgia,” defense attorney Blake Poole said. “Tyler has been totally cooperative with the investigation and plans to continue to be cooperative. We just ask that the community keep an open mind, allow the investigation to unfold and listen to both sides of the story before rushing to judgment.”
The case is still under investigation.