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Popular cosplayer claims Washington HS teacher used her photos to solicit students

Popular cosplayer claims Washington HS teacher used her photos to solicit students. (Source: WEAR-TV)

An Escambia County teacher arrested for allegedly soliciting a student for a sexual video is behind bars for the second time this month.

Investigators say Mark Lua set up a fake Instagram account to communicate with at least one of his victims.

Although the account is fake, the photo isn't.

It's a photo of Court Carmody.

"That picture is like two years old," said Carmody. "It's on an old Instagram that got deleted, so I don't even know how he got that photo."

A popular cosplayer with 13,000 Instagram followers, the Cincinnati native says it's not uncommon for people to impersonate her online.

"People make catfish accounts of us all the time. It's not like it's the weirdest thing in the world," said Carmody. "It's usually just some bored teenager and nothing ever comes of it."

This catfish got caught.

Pensacola Police charged Lua with cruelty toward a child by promoting a sexual performance and use of a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony.

Lua is back behind bars facing two new charges, after being arrested by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday.

"We were able to verify that there actually had been contact with a minor student, who he met while still employed at Ferry Pass Middle School," said Sheriff David Morgan.

Morgan says the victim, a former student of Lua's, went on to Tate High School, but the pair kept in touch on Facebook.

According to this warrant, she told deputies she and Lua had sex at his home on May 3, 2018. He was 30 at the time, she was 17; and she might not be the last victim.

"There are indications and allegations of more victims and so of course, Captain Dawn James and her folks are actively pursuing that in our sex crimes unit," said Morgan.

Morgan says this is a reminder for parents to be vigilant of what children are doing online.

The fake account is still active. Carmody says she will reach out to Instagram to have it taken down once the investigation is complete.

Right now, she is using her platform to speak out against child predators, hoping to make an example of Lua.

"This is just the beginning," said Carmody. "He messed up really bad and he's hurt a lot of people, but we're going to make sure he doesn't get to hurt anybody else ever again."

Lua's new charges include sexual assault and use of a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony.

His bond is set at $115,000 and a judge has ordered he have no contact with any minors - including his own child.

He has been suspended from the Escambia County School District until their investigation is complete.


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