Steve Martin, a math teacher at Carrollton High School in Georgia, was arrested on Tuesday night (May 22) in Tallapoosa. He now faces three felony charges related to sexually explicit conduct involving a minor.
The chairman of Carrollton High School’s mathematics department, Steve Martin, 42, currently faces three felony charges following an undercover sting operation conducted by the Tallapoosa Police Department.
Reportedly, police working under the Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit discovered that Martin visited a website used for putting adults in connection with minors.
Although he lives in Roopville, Martin allegedly went to Tallapoosa to meet someone he believed to be an underaged female. Instead, he met an undercover officer with whom he communicated with for at least 24 hours.
Carrollton High School learned about the charges on May 23, after Martin was taken into custody. He was a math teacher at the school for 14 years.
According to comments on Facebook, Martin is married, and his father-in-law has a car dealership.
Carrollton Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Albertus revealed on May 23 that Martin resigned from his position.
Steve Martin is currently being held in Haralson County Jail. Officials confirmed that neither current nor former students were involved.
“Student safety is our top priority. We take these allegations very seriously,” Albertus said. “When we heard about his arrest, we were shocked and found it hard to believe. Mr. Martin was regarded as one of our exceptional teachers and students and faculty alike held him in high regard.”
Martin was charged with electronically furnishing obscene material to minors, employing or using a minor to engage in or assist a person in sexually explicit conduct, enticing a child for indecent purposes, and distributing obscene materials.