Fall River Teacher Faces Criminal Obscenity Charge
FALL RIVER — A Fall River teacher fired in late November after an investigation found he engaged in "inappropriate communications" with someone thought to be a student is now being charged with a crime.
Court records show Daniel Levin, 29, a former teacher at Atlantis Charter School in Fall River, is facing a criminal summons on a charge of dissemination of obscenity to minors.
The court summons comes after Levin was fired on Nov. 21 for social media messages he exchanged with an unkown person believed to be an Atlantis high school student.
Posted on Twitter by an account titled "my teacher is a pedo," the messages — which are cited in the police report but will not be published by WBSM due to the graphic content and alleged involvement of a minor — include a photo of a man's crotch in his underwear.
According to the police report filed by School Resource Officer Scott Cabral, Levin admitted during an interview that he sent the messages, and that he also took and sent the photograph.
The messages also include mentions of male genitalia and an apparent attempt by Levin to guess the unkown user, ostensibly in exchange for a nude photo.
Cabral wrote in the report that Levin told police he thought the unkown user was a sophomore student.
As cited in the police report, at one point, the unknown user identifies themself as a sophomore, asking if Levin is fine with that.
The teacher responds "Maybe".
However, he also writes in other messages, "It's weird u being a student" and states that he doesn't think he will continue the conversation.
Levin later told police that he reported and blocked the unknown user, and turned over his phone to police for forensic analysis, Cabral notes in the report.
Cabral also wrote that the department is awaiting correspondence from Instagram about a search warrant granted on Nov. 29.
Levin is due to appear in court on Dec. 16.