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Former Chestatee High teacher charged with sending student obscene messages on Instagram
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Taylor Guthrie

A month after his resignation from Chestatee High School, a teacher is officially accused of sending obscene material to a 16-year-old student via Instagram.

Taylor James Guthrie, 26, of Murrayville, turned himself in Tuesday, April 23, to the Hall County Jail on a misdemeanor charge of electronically furnishing obscene material to a minor.

He has since bonded out.

Defense attorney Daniel S. Woodrum did not return a request for comment.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware said authorities started investigating March 13 into “unlawful/inappropriate” messages between Guthrie and a 16-year-old girl, who was a student of his at the time.

Ware said Guthrie allegedly “furnished the victim images and video which depicted nudity and sexually explicit conduct” between Jan. 1 and March 13.

Guthrie was a math teacher as well as a coach for the basketball, track and volleyball teams at Chestatee.

Guthrie was initially suspended with pay on March 13 “following the initial phase of the investigation,” according to Hall school officials. In a letter to parents and students dated March 15 and obtained by The Times, Principal Suzanne Jarrard stated Guthrie was no longer a part of Chestatee High faculty.

Guthrie graduated from Lumpkin County High in 2011, according to his online teacher’s biography. He played basketball at the University of North Georgia, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 2016.

Guthrie began his employment with Hall County Schools on Aug. 1, 2016.

The board of education unanimously accepted his resignation at its meeting on Monday, March 18.

The case is still under investigation.

Reporter Joshua Silavent contributed to this article.