Hurricane teacher arrested for sexual exploitation

A Hurricane High School teacher has been charged Friday with sexually exploiting a student. Aaron Karl Esplin, 40, of LaVerkin was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony; and sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor. Esplin was arrested Thursday, after school administrators learned of a possible inappropriate relationship between and a 17-year-old girl.

According to the Hurricane Police Department, investigators believe the teen had sent inappropriate pictures of herself to Esplin, who eventually "admitted to soliciting the images." Esplin also allegedly inappropriately touched the girl. Details are still coming in about the length of the relationship, and whether or not there were additional victims.

Esplin is now on administrative leave. He's been with the school for nearly 14 years teaching driver's education and special education.

Photo courtesy of Washington County Jail

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