Substitute teacher charged with asking 16-year-old for sex

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By Mark Manicone

A Lancaster County School District substitute teacher was arrested Thursday after being accused of asking a 16-year-old student for sex, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office release.
Jachreo Dmitri Hinson, 24, of Lancaster, was charged with criminal solicitation of a minor, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. 
According to the release, Hinson was substituting at Lancaster High School and began communicating with a 16-year-old girl in one of his classes.
Hinson, who also runs a photography business, asked the student if she wanted him to take photographs of her, the release said. The two communicated via text and social media over several days. 
On Tuesday night, the two talked by telephone, and the student reported the next morning that Hinson made comments to her indicating that he wanted them to engage in sexual activity, according to the release.
According to Bryan Vaughn, the school district’s safety director, the student reported the conversation to her parents, and they notified the school. The school’s resource officer, a city police officer, realized that the crime occurred in the county and got the sheriff’s office involved.
Hinson has been removed from the district’s substitute list, and the district is helping with the sheriff’s office investigation by tracking down other schools Hinson may have subbed at.
“We don’t have that information right now, and that’s one of the things we’re looking at,” Vaughn said.
Hinson was interviewed Thursday afternoon by the sheriff’s office, and then was taken into custody and transported to the Lancaster County Detention Center at the conclusion of the interview. 
A warrant charging him with criminal solicitation of a minor was served on him in the detention center. The investigation is still ongoing. 
At this time it is not believed that Hinson and the student were together outside the school setting or that sexual activity occurred, according to the sheriff’s office.
“I applaud this young lady for immediately reporting these conversations which made her uncomfortable,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “This conduct was discovered early on, and action was taken that put an end to this matter before it could progress.”

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