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Kelsie Laura Schmidt has been charged with felony luring minors by computer or other means

By Steve Helling
February 01, 2019 11:43 AM
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A teacher from North Dakota has been arrested and accused with sending naked pictures of herself to a 17-year-old student.

PEOPLE confirms that Kelsie Laura Schmidt, 24, was arrested on January 23 and charged with felony luring minors by computer or other means.

According to a police affidavit first obtained by The Bismarck Tribune, Schmidt was a teacher at Beulah High School, about 70 miles northwest of Bismarck, N.D.

A detective with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department was called to the school last month to investigate a tip about a teacher who had allegedly been sending inappropriate pictures to male high school students via Snapchat.

While at the school, the detective spoke with a 17-year-old student about Schmidt. According to the affidavit, the student allegedly made a comment that “he could get the math teacher in trouble for pictures that she had sent him.”

The Grand Forks Herald reports that the student alleged he received “three or four naked photos on Snapchat” from Schmidt in August and September of 2018. According to the affidavit, at least one of the photos was of Schmidt, naked from the waist up, with her hair covering her chest.

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The affidavit states that another was a photo of woman’s legs with the caption, “get a group and play naked hide and seek.”

When police interviewed Schmidt, she allegedly admitted that she had sent the photos, according to the affidavit and multiple news reports.

After the arrest, Beulah Public School District Superintendent Travis Jordan told the Bismarck Tribune that Schmidt had been placed on administrative leave while the school district conducted its own investigation. Last Friday, Schmidt resigned from her position; she was in her first year of teaching.

It is unclear whether one or multiple students were involved in the case.

Schmidt was released on $10,000 bond, court records show.

Reached by PEOPLE, Schmidt’s attorney, Tom Dickson, said that he is in the process of learning the details of the case. “This is a very unfortunate situation for everyone,” he says, “but it is a very serious allegation and we are treating it very seriously.”