Feds Drop Sexting-Related Charge, State Takes Over

Counselor allegedly met student online, not in school

Friday, Nov 18, 2011  |  Updated 9:44 AM CDT
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Feds Drop Sexting-Related Charge, State Takes Over

The state has stepped in to prosecutea South Texas elementary school counselor accused of sexting a 15-year-old boy she allegedly met online.

The San Antonio Express-News reported Friday that federal prosecutors have dropped their case against 43-year-old Cynthia Stewart, saying a state charge of online solicitation of minor is more appropriate.

The boy's family knows someone with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and initially contacted the federal agency.

Stewart, who allegedly texted nude photos of herself to the boy, was booked late Thursday in San Antonio on the state count. Jail records Friday didn't immediately list the status of her case or an attorney.

Stewart originally faced federal counts of receipt of child pornography and solicitation of a minor.

She's on administrative leave from the Judson Independent School District.

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