Northeast Middle School teacher Clifford "Scooter" Holloway has been suspended without pay after he allegedly drove to Pensacola, Fla., to have sex with a 15-year-old girl.
Holloway, 56, of 7759 Lizalia Road, Meridian, was arrested in Pensacola on Thursday and charged with multiple sexual offenses involving minors. After sending nude photographs of himself to who he thought was a 15-year-old girl he met online, he set up a meeting with her Thursday afternoon and drove from Meridian, Pensacola police said. Instead of a young girl, Holloway was messaging an undercover Pensacola police officer in a sting operation.
When he arrived in downtown Pensacola, he was arrested. Holloway has been charged with two counts of sexual assault on a child 16 years or older, two counts of transmitting pornography to a minor and one count of traveling to have sex with a minor. Additional charges are pending, police said.
Pensacola police had been communicating with Holloway since mid-June on social networking site MySpace.com. The reason they were monitoring Holloway: a woman contacted Pensacola police in June claiming Holloway had sex with her 16-year-old daughter after the two met on Myspace, Pensacola police said.
Lauderdale County Superintendent Randy Hodges said Thursday the school district will deliver a letter to Holloway's address notifying him he's been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.
Holloway teaches science and physical education at Northeast Middle School; he has taught and coached in the Lauderdale County School District for 28 years. He has coached different sports over the years, including golf, Hodges said. He has also taught at Northeast High School.
Hodges said he was informed Friday morning about 10:30 a.m. by local law enforcement of Holloway's arrest. Since then, Hodges said he's also contacted some school board members and the school board's attorney.
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