Substitute teacher accused of soliciting students online


A man accused of inappropriately communicating online with female students he met while working as a substitute teacher at the middle school in New Boston, Texas, could be indicted soon by a Bowie County grand jury.

Dylan Reed Simpson, 21, appeared with Texarkana attorney Shorty Barrett for a pre-indictment hearing before 202nd District Judge John Tidwell on Monday afternoon. First Assistant District Attorney Michael Shepherd and Assistant District Attorney Katie Carter appeared for the state and said the case is likely to be presented to a Bowie County grand jury next month.

Simpson was arrested in December after allegations from several girls prompted an investigation by the New Boston Police Department, according to a probable cause affidavit. The principal of the school contacted police after learning that a 13-year-old girl alleged misconduct by Simpson.

Lt. Johnny Millwood interviewed Simpson Dec. 11. Simpson allegedly admitted that he’d had sexually oriented conversations with two different girls via the internet. Simpson allegedly told Millwood that he told one girl that he wanted to sneak her out of her family’s home and have sex with her in his truck.

Simpson allegedly admitted to discussing a possible sexual encounter with a differnt girl, 14, as well.

The mother of another girl, 14, allegedly reported Dec. 12 that Simpson sent sexual messages online to her daughter. Millwood allegedly spoke with the parents of three other girls who alleged their daughters received sexual messages also from Simpson.

Simpson was arrested in December for online solicitation of a minor.

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