JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- A Jefferson County School custodian faced arrest Monday for allegedly sexting a 13-year-old student.
Officers booked Jacob David Deal, 21, into the Jefferson County Jail on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a child. He worked as a custodian at Dutch Creek Elementary and Ken Caryl Middle Schools.
Police say they believe Deal, starting in late spring of this year, began leaving hand-written notes to two girls at Dutch Creek Elementary School.
The messages were complimenting the girls’ looks.
"They immediately reported those notes to the school authorities at Dutch Creek but nobody could identify who it was coming from," said Mark Techmeyer, Director of Public Affairs for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
Then on Aug. 26, Deal allegedly sent a nude photo of himself during a text conversation between him and one of the other girls, leading the girl to reach out to authorities.
"I'm sure it took a lot of courage. I'm sure it also scared her, but she did the right thing and came forward," Techmeyer said.
According to the arrest affidavit, the victim believes Deal may have gotten her phone number from her Instagram or Snapchat accounts.
Deal appeared in court Tuesday. Bond for Deal was set at $25,000, however he has yet to post.
He has been suspended from his position with the school district.
Jefferson County Public School released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying:
"The safety and security of our students is a priority. We are thankful our students came forward about this situation, and proud of our staff for taking immediate action, including contacting law enforcement. The Jeffco Sheriff's Department responded promptly and continues to work with all involved in a professional manner; they are invaluable community partners.
"Jeffco Public Schools employed Jacob David Deal from June 2012 to January 2013, then again from March 2015 to present, as a custodian. He is currently on leave pending completion of our internal investigation into this situation."