MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A former science teacher at Shelby County Schools is heading to jail after facing charges for soliciting sexual exploitation of minors.
Bragg Lampkin, 45, will spend 30 days in jail and four years on probation, according to the district attorney’s office.
Lampkin was accused of sexual misconduct with students in his classroom at Cummings Elementary School. According to the DA’s office, between November and December 2017 Lampkin encouraged a 13-year-old male student to perform a sex act while he showed the student a cellphone video of himself having sex with a woman. The investigation resulted in felony charges.
Lampkin resigned from SCS in June 2018.
District Attorney General Amy Weirich says Lampkin entered an Alford plea, which is not an admission of guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence to convict him at trial. An Alford plea has the same legal effect as a guilty plea.
The judge denied Lampkin’s request for diversion, which could have cleared his felony conviction after probation and allowed him to seek another teaching position.
Lampkin must also undergo sex offender treatment and must register as a sex offender.
We reached out to SCS but the district declined to comment on the case.