2nd teacher charged with sending explicit photos to student

A second West Rowan Middle School teacher has been arrested for sending explicit photos to a student, officials said on Monday.

Justin Avery, 29, is charged with third-degree exploitation of a minor and indecent liberties with a child. He was taken into custody on Sunday.

Rowan County teacher exchanged explicit images with student, police say

Ethan Grose was arrested last month for similar charges and now faces additional charges of third exploitation of a minor.

Police are also searching for a third individual connected to this case. Salisbury resident Donovan Hernandez, 24, faces the same indecent liberties charges. He has yet to be located by authorities. Anyone with information is encouraged to conact police at 866-639-5245.

Donovan Hernandez is wanted in connection to sex offenses involving a West Rowan Middle School student, police say. (Rowan County Police)

The Rowan Salisbury school district released the following statement in response to the arrests.

 "It is heartbreaking any time we receive a report that involves inappropriate behavior. We have protocol in place to immediately handle difficult situations should they occur assuring the continued safety of our students and staff. We conduct internal investigations, review our processes, and continue to work cooperatively with law enforcement on their investigations."