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Milwaukee Teacher Accused Of Sending Naked Pictures To 16-Year-Old He Was 'Crushing Pretty Hard' On

High school teacher Kenneth Chu is also accused of asking a student to see photos of her bedroom and asking another whether she wanted to take a spontaneous trip to Chicago.

By Jill Sederstrom

A Milwaukee teacher is accused of sending more than 40 videos and photos of his naked body to his 16-year-old student, who he allegedly told he was "crushing pretty hard" for, along with sending a series of inappropriate messages to other students.

Kenneth Chu, 26, is facing three counts of exposing a child to harmful material and a count of causing a 13- to 18- year old to view or listen to sexual activity after police said he had a string of inappropriate communication with recent graduates and current students at Ronald Reagan High School in Milwaukee, according to local station WITI.

The investigation into the educator began after school officials were contacted by an alumni who reported Chu had been "flirting" with recent graduates and had created several fake social media accounts to converse with the women.

During the investigation, police discovered Chu had allegedly also been communicating with a 16-year-old student, to whom he sent approximately 40 naked pictures and videos of himself, and then demanded that she send him similar photos, threatening that he could get her suspended if she failed to comply, the criminal complaint said.

The girl also told investigators that he asked her if she "wanted to sneak off with him and 'mess around.'"

During the communication, which began on Snapchat the summer of 2018, Chu texted her that he was "crushing pretty hard" and said he had "fallen for you and I don't mind," according to the criminal complaint obtained by WISN.

Authorities said he had also send inappropriate messages to other students, including asking one student what she wore to bed and asking her to send photos of her bedroom, and asking another whether she wanted to take a spontaneous adventure to Chicago, the station reports.

Milwaukee Public Schools has said it is cooperating with Milwaukee Police in the investigation.

“The person in question has been placed on leave pending a final resolution to the matter,” the district said in a statement, according to WTMJ-TV. 

If convicted of the four felony charges against him, Chu could face up to 16 years in prison and a fine of up to $40,000, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

[Photo Credit: Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office]