Botetourt County teacher arrested over allegations of indecent pictures

BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) - A man who taught at a Botetourt County high school has been arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. This came after an investigation revealed Paul Zachary Wakeman may have asked students for compromising pictures of themselves.

Wakeman was arrested March 4, but the indictments connected to him say these alleged requests happened between sometime in November of 2018. He's been indicted on three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Search warrants WDBJ7 found say the 29-year-old taught at James River High School.

The affidavits reveal a narrative that say a student told deputies Wakeman requested images of the student in a state of undress including being shirtless numerous times and only wearing underwear.
The investigation revealed other students received similar requests.

According to one warrant, "There were statements from Wakeman requesting, 'Two doughnuts if ya make it funny and take it in boxers haha."

Another warrant said, "Wakeman sent numerous text messages, phone calls, and used different types of social media to contact several students/victims."

Deputies searched Wakeman's Snapchat and phone records.
They tried to search his Instagram and Facebook but found he had recently deleted them. They also searched a home where they took a laptop and flash drives.

WDBJ7 was able to reach Wakeman by phone, but he declined to comment or answer any of our questions.

The Botetourt County Public School system has not returned our phone calls or emails requesting information about Wakeman's employment status.

A WDBJ7 story done in November of 2018 showed that Wakeman was involved with the school's Future Farmers of America program.

Wakeman was released on bond and ordered not to have contact with the alleged victims. He will be arraigned in Botetourt County next week.