A North Dakota high school social studies teacher has been arrested and charged with promoting obscenity to minors after he passed out a sexually explicit book he wrote to two teenage students.
45-year-old Scott Allan was working as a social studies teacher at Mandan High School when the incident occurred. According to reports, Allan wrote a sexually explicit book featuring the names of two female students and gave it to them as a graduation gift. The characters in the book had the same first names as the two students, and the last names of the characters were similar. In the book, the two characters engage in sexual activities.
School officials placed him on administrative leave pending an investigation, and now, Allan has resigned from his position at the school. He turned himself in on Wednesday and is now officially facing a felony charge for promoting obscenity to minors and a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge.
“Together you tormented me for a whole year,” wrote Allan on the first page of the book. “You are the best. Thank you for being my inspiration.”
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Lt. Lori Flaten wrote an affidavit describing the incident and maintaining that what Allan did was inappropriate.
“The depiction by a teacher of a character representing a juvenile student in an explicitly sexual manner is patently [offensive] to the prevailing standards of the adult community in North Dakota and is not suitable material for minors,” wrote Flaten in the affidavit.
After an appearance in front of a judge, Allan’s bond was set at $500 cash and he has been denied contact with either of the two students.