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A 45-year-old school worker has been arrested on sex charges after the district discovered "inappropriate" communications with a student and law enforcement began investigating, officials said.

James “Jess” Seger, who is technology director for the Midland School District in Independence County, was placed on leave earlier this month after a school investigation revealed the “inappropriate" communications, superintendent Dewayne Wammack said in a statement Friday.

Seger was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Independence County jail after the Independence County sheriff’s office took over the investigation. He remained there on Friday in lieu of $800,000 bond, Sheriff Shawn Stephens said in a statement.

Seger faces three counts of internet stalking of a child, six counts of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of second-degree sexual assault, Stephens said.

Wammack said in the statement that the school district "will continue to cooperate with law enforcement."

"The employee will not be back on campus," he added.


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  • ZeebronZ
    October 20, 2017 at 1:33 p.m.

    Can this state not go a single week without sex charges filed against a teacher or school employee? What the hell is wrong with people?

  • obbie
    October 20, 2017 at 2:25 p.m.

    These student-school employee problems are somewhat akin to guns brought into a gun-free zone. Sheep are helpless and required to attend and the wolves pick their victims among them. Really a dangerous situation. What's the answer?

  • gagewatcher
    October 20, 2017 at 2:32 p.m.

    how well are school employees vetted ?

  • arkateacher54
    October 20, 2017 at 8:12 p.m.

    Certified staff (teachers, administrators and others) undergo a state police back ground check and are fingerprinted. They also have to pass a child offender registry check. ADE has a code of ethics and a process in place for investigating accusations such as this and disciplining offenders. If guilty this guy will lose his license and never teach again. Apparently this is not enough to weed out the bad seeds. I don't know if teachers have gotten to be some of the worst offenders or if they just make for salacious news. But one doing something like this is too many. Our kids have enough to deal with today - they should not have to be afraid of the very people who are supposed to lead them. As a teacher I would be glad to jump through a few extra hoops if it would help reduce these episodes.