Sheriff: Dawson County teacher accused of improper surveillance of a child

Authorities in Dawson County raided the home of a high school teacher, seizing thousands of images in an investigation involving accusations of the sexual exploitation of a minor. 

Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson says investigators executed a search warrant after receiving a tip from a boy about alleged improper behavior by the teacher, identified as 38-year-old Ryan Coker. 

Coker is the business education instructor at Dawson High School. 

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The sheriff said the allegations include "unlawful surveillance" of an individual in a private place. 

"Obviously, a case like this is a priority for us," Johnson said. "They are allegations, but this is a person of trust and we have to expect our teachers will protect our children." 

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Johnson wants parents from the school community to talk to their children to see if they report having any improper contact with Coker. 

The sheriff filed a total of six counts against Coker and took him to the Dawson County Adult Detention Center. 

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