A pretrial hearing for a former Hillsboro High School teacher charged with disseminating matter harmful to juveniles was held Tuesday morning in Hillsboro Municipal Court. 

According to the complaint filed April 16 in Hillsboro Municipal Court, Corey Walker, 25, of Hillsboro is facing one first-degree misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. Under the Ohio Revised Code, it is alleged that Walker violated the following section: “No person, with knowledge of its character or content, shall recklessly do any of the following: directly sell, deliver, furnish, disseminate, provide, exhibit, rent or present to a juvenile, a group of juveniles, a law enforcement officer posing as a juvenile or a group of law enforcement officers posing as juveniles any material or performance that is obscene or harmful to juveniles.”

In the complaint, it is alleged that Hillsboro High School principal Joe Turner told Randy Sanders of the Highland County Sheriff’s Office that “school officials received an anonymous report that [Walker] had been talking with underage students on social media and nude photos had been sent.” Walker allegedly told school officials “he had been talking with a female who sent him a nude photo and he in turn had sent a nude photo of himself” and that “he thought he was talking with an adult female at the time.”

Sanders spoke with three juvenile females, who allegedly said “they initiated contact” with Walker, and that all three of them allegedly saw “a nude picture” of Walker that was sent via a social media site. Allegedly, “videos with audio were sent” to the three females on three different occasions on Dec. 22, 2018 — at 11:38 p.m., 11:43 p.m. and 11:48 p.m.

Hillsboro City Schools Board of Education minutes state that Walker was recommended to be hired as high school math teacher in July 2017, pending successful completion of state math testing. He was later approved as an assistant high school baseball coach. (Walker has been an assistant coach with the Hillsboro American Legion Post 129 baseball team during their 2019 season.)

According to board minutes, the Hillsboro school board approved Walker’s resignation as math teacher at a special board meeting Feb. 4, 2019, with the resignation effective Jan. 24, 2019. Hillsboro City Schools Superintendent Tim Davis confirmed on July 9 that Walker resigned effective Jan. 24.

Walker is being represented by attorney William Armintrout, according to court records. Another pretrial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 27, with a jury trial set to begin Sept. 13.