Florida’s Mark Lua has a problem soliciting underage girls for nude images and sex.
The Washington High School teacher was arrested for the third time in three weeks on Wednesday for inappropriate contact or communications with minors, including at least one incident involving a student, the Pensacola News Journal reports.
Pensacola Police first arrested the 30-year-old on Jan. 17 for suspicion of promoting sexual performance by a child using a two-way device to facilitate a felony. Officials alleged Lua convinced a student to send him an explicit video of herself.
After posting a $12,500 bond, Lua was released from jail only to be rearrested days later, on Jan. 30, for the exact same charge, as well as an additional charge of sexual battery. The second arrest stemmed from a former student who told the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office she flirted with Lua through text messages for months before having sex with the teacher at his home after school.
The victim was reportedly 16 or 17 years old at the time, according to the news site.
Lua’s newest charges – obscene communication and using a two-way device to facilitate a felony – involve more of the same.
“This third arrest came after a third victim, 18-years-old, has come forward yesterday, a report states, claiming she was also ‘sexually battered’ by Mark Lua,” WEAR reports. “According to the report, the new victim told a school resource officer Lua befriended her at Ferry Pass Middle School and reconnected while he taught at Washington High School.”
“It revealed the two communicated on Lua’s fake Instagram account,” the new station reports. “According to the report, the fake account began asking the new victim to do something sexual with Lua to (relieve) stress because his wife was pregnant.”
Lua appeared for his first court hearing in that case on Thursday, when a judge set his bond at $30,000 and required him to wear a GPS-monitor if released, WKRG reports.
He remains employed by the Escambia County School District, though Superintendent Malcolm Thomas told the site he’s banned from campus during his paid suspension.
Thomas said he expects the school board to change the suspension to unpaid at a Feb. 19 school board meeting. And while Lua won’t be fired until his case concludes, Thomas said he won’t be returning to the classroom.
Both the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and Pensacola Police Department continue to actively investigate the teacher, WEAR reports.