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Rowlett High teacher accused of soliciting sex from girl

03:32 PM CDT on Wednesday, July 11, 2007

From Staff Reports

A Rowlett High School history teacher has been arrested on an accusation he sent sexually explicit messages and photos to someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl.

Robert Rigby
Robert Rigby

Robert Rigby, 52, of Rowlett was arrested Monday and charged with online solicitation. He posted $10,000 bond and was released from jail Tuesday, said John Ellison, a Rowlett police spokesman.

Denton police said sexually explicit chats and photos occurred online between June 6 and June 29. The “girl,” was in reality a police investigator, said Jim Bryan, a Denton police spokesman. 

Mr. Rigby, who has been with the Garland ISD since 1984, is a social studies teacher and an assistant football coach at the high school, said John Washington, an assistant superintendent.

In situations such as this, it is normal protocol to place the teacher on administrative leave pending an investigation, Mr. Washington said. School officials were expected to meet with Mr. Rigby next week to discuss the matter.

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