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DOCS: Local teacher allegedly asks teen to have sex and to keep their texting relationship a secret

Posted at 11:50 AM, Mar 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-20 17:20:41-04

Court documents obtained by 23ABC show that a 17-year-old girl and a local teacher reportedly engaged in an "inappropriate texting relationship."

According to the Kern High School District, Johnny Gray Watson, 50, was employed as a teacher at the Regional Occupational Center (ROC). The district also said that he was placed on unpaid administrative leave on March 6.

Those documents state that Watson asked the student to continue their conversation on SnapChat, which automatically deletes messages once they're opened.

The victim used another device to photograph the messages she was  allegedly getting from Watson.

The messages received by the victim, according to the court document, included Watson asking the victim if she wanted to have sex with him and to keep their texting a secret.

He also asked her to deny their relationship if it came to light saying that his career "would be over."

Watson has not issued a statement and has hired an attorney. He was arrested on March 12 and was arraigned for annoying a minor, according to court documents.