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Teen's mother 'shocked' by ex-teacher's inappropriate texts to son

Donald Emory Jr. (SOURCE: SCSO) Donald Emory Jr. (SOURCE: SCSO)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A former teacher, accused of sending inappropriate text messages to a student, made his first appearance before a judge Wednesday.

Wearing a blue jumpsuit and a frown, Donald Emory, Jr. appeared before the judge Wednesday.

The former Freedom Prep Academy teacher is in jail after allegations arose of him sending inappropriate text messages to a 15-year-old student.

"Just shocked. In disbelief," the child's mother said. "I could not believe it was actually that content and this was someone I trusted with my child."

The teenager's parents discovered the text messages in September and immediately notified the school.

The child's mother said Emory was her son's adviser. But, the text messages her son was receiving were nothing she ever would expect. The texting extended over the course of several months and included hundreds of messages of sexually explicit content. She said Emory even called her over the summer and offered to take her son to sporting events.

She said she told Emory 'no' to his offer, and now she wonders what would have happened if she would have said yes.

"Of course, I declined, but what if I had not declined?" she asked. "There's no telling what would have taken place."

Emory was fired two days after the woman notified the school. Emory was also placed on the Shelby County Most Wanted list, until he was put behind bards. He was arrested on October 3.

"I felt a little anxiety because that meant he wasn't captured yet," she said. 

Now that he is in jail, she has one question for him.

"What were you thinking? Like seriously."

She hopes his arrest pushes other parents to talk to their children.

"Be careful. You know, make sure you check your children's phone and know where they are and who they are with," she said.

Emory faces multiple charges including sexual exploitation of a minor and solicitation of a minor. 

According to a 15-year-old's parents, their son is shaken by the incident and has not returned to the school.

Emory is scheduled to be back in court later this month.

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