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Missouri teacher charged with sexually exploiting minor

Christian County grand jury indictment alleges 38-year-old Adam Phillips created obscene material between January and June of 2010 by videotaping a minor engaging in sexual activity. The minor was under the age of 14. (File)

A former elementary school teacher in southwest Missouri has been charged with three counts of sexually exploiting a minor.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that the Christian County grand jury indictment alleges 38-year-old Adam Phillips created obscene material between January and June of 2010 by videotaping a minor engaging in sexual activity. The minor was under the age of 14.

Phillips taught at Clever Elementary for more than a decade. Superintendent Steve Carvajal said the district put Phillips on leave in 2015 when the allegations surfaced. Phillips later resigned from his position as a second-grade teacher.

He was arrested following the indictment but was later released on a $25,000 bond.

Phillips' attorney, Erica Mynarich, didn't immediately return a phone message left by The Associated Press requesting comment.

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