A Tucson middle-school teacher charged with having an inappropriate relationship with one of his female students had a sexual encounter with the girl on school property, the student told police investigators.
Joseph O. Massey, 36, an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Utterback Magnet Middle School, 3233 S. Pinal Vista, is charged with two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.
Massey was arrested Friday afternoon after the mother of a 15-year-old girl told police she had discovered suspicious chat messages from Massey on her daughter's Facebook account.
The mother gave police several pages of conversations between Massey and her daughter that she had printed from her daughter's profile on the social-networking Web site, according to an interim complaint filed in Pima County Superior Court.
The Facebook conversations stated that Massey performed oral sex on the student on school property, the interim complaint said.
The student later told police in an interview that Massey didn't initiate the contact by force. The student said Massey kissed her and she also touched his genitals though his clothing, the interim complaint said.
Massey denied he had a sexual relationship with the student when questioned by police. He also denied he had Facebook contact with the student.
Utterback's principal sent parents a letter Monday informing them of the arrest, said Chyrl Hill Lander, a Tucson Unified School District spokeswoman.
A counselor spoke with each of Massey's classes Monday to inform students of the arrest and talk with students. A substitute who is familiar with the school and its students will teach Massey's classes for the remainder of the school year, Lander said.
Massey has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the school district, Lander said.