Altoona teacher used Snapchat to send nude photos, videos to student

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An Altoona Area High School special education teacher has been charged with Unlawful Contact with a Minor, several counts of Disseminating Explicit Sexual Material to a Minor and Corruption of Minors.

Holly Metzler was formally charged Friday for sending inappropriate photos and videos to a 17-year-old student. At the beginning of the investigation, Metzler and the student both denied any inappropriate contact between the two.

According to police, the Altoona Area High School District was told by a third party that a student was having a sexual relationship with a teacher. Upon receiving this information, the school contacted Childline and compiled the report.

Police received a search warrant to search the student’s Apple I-Phone and found two naked photos and a naked video of a woman, later confirmed to be Metzler. The video was sent by Metzler on Snapchat.

The student and Metzler had been talking on Snapchat several weeks after homecoming and the student said he and other students found her attractive. Metzler was flattered and agreed to send the juvenile several photos of herself.

According to police, besides the photo, the two never met up to have a sexual physical relationship.

The Altoona School District had placed Metzler on administrative leave during the investigation and are fully cooperating with the investigation.

Metzler has posted the $25,000 bail and waived her preliminary hearing. Her formal arraignment is scheduled for March 8, 2019.

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