D.C. Teacher Admits to Explicit Conversations With 10 Students During His Career

A McKinley Technology High School teacher admitted sending sexually explicit text messages to 10 students during his teaching career, according to court documents.

Metropolitan police arrested 29-year-old John Solano Friday, taking him from the school in handcuffs. He is charged with production of child pornography.

Police said they interviewed two students who described getting explicit texts from Solano, including conversations about the victims' bodies and masturbation.

One student, who said he was 16 years old when he began receiving the inappropriate text messages last year, said Solano texted him that he had a "sexy body" and texted him multiple explicit images of himself, according to charging documents. The teen also said Solano convinced him to take explicit pictures of himself and text them to Solano. According to charging documents, the teen also said Solano propositioned him via text message, but the teen declined the proposition.

One of the victims said Solano sent him pictures of his body and asked the victim to take pictures in return, the documents reveal.

Solano admitted to police that he had engaged in inappropriate texting and sending inappropriate pictures - and that he had engaged in explicit sexual conversations with 10 students during his teaching career, according to the court documents.

Solano is a science teacher and track coach at McKinley Technology High School. He started working at the school in 2007.

Public school officials said Solano has been placed on administrative leave.

He did not enter a plea Monday. He is being held until a probable cause hearing scheduled for March 20, but his attorney said he is trying to work out a plea deal with prosecutors, News4's Mark Segraves reported.

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