Police: Schoolteacher sent student inappropriate e-mails
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida schoolteacher arrested Friday for engaging in inappropriate e-mail correspondence with one of his students was put behind bars and is now facing felony charges.
Warren Zilka, a civics and social studies teacher for seventh and eighth grade students at Imagine Charter School in Coral Springs, was accused of sending over 100 e-mails to a 14-year-old female student's Gmail account. According to investigators, several of these e-mails, which the student received on her smart phone during the 2012-13 school year, contained explicit sexual content.
Zilka was charged with transmitting material harmful to a minor and unlawful transmission of obscene material. Police said Zilka sent those e-mails from his school-issued computer.
A student at Zilka's school called him one of his favorite teachers. "He's actually a pretty cool guy," he said. "Everyone's pretty sad ... because he's the best teacher that we've all ever had. He's funny; he likes to make jokes in class."
"He was nice; everybody liked him," said another student.
A concerned mother was dismayed at the allegations. "It's outrageous, but it happens everywhere," she said. "You just have to be more careful [about] the teachers that you're hiring."
School officials released a statement which reads in part: "We are extremely disappointed to hear of Mr. Zilka's arrest and will continue to work cooperatively as we have been doing with the Coral Springs Police Department."
Zilka was processed at the Coral Springs Police Department and was transported to the Pompano Beach Broward Sheriff's Office district station. He is currently being held on $3,500 bond at the Broward County Jail and may appear before a judge Saturday.
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