A liberal, "bisexual" drama teacher at a Georgia high school was charged last week with two counts of sexual exploitation of children.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office announced that 32-year-old Michael Allan Dendy of Milledgeville was arrested Friday after being the subject of investigation for several weeks. Dendy reportedly continued working with kids as the department chair of Washington County High School's drama department right until his arrest.
In addition to sexual exploitation of children, Dendy has reportedly been charged with three counts of computer pornography, three counts of improper contact by a teacher, and identity fraud using identifying information of a minor over whom he exercised custodial authority.
Officials indicated that additional charges and arrests are "likely."
The sheriff's office told WJBF that an investigation was opened in December following a complaint.
Dr. Rickey Edmond, Washington County School superintendent, said, "It's just been a terrible situation that we're having to deal with so our focus now is really working with our children and our parents and try to continue on."
A spokeswoman for the Washington County School District told TheBlaze that the district "is cooperating with the Sherriff’s Office and other local agencies."
When asked about Dendy's employment status, possible red flags in recruitment, how long the board of education knew about allegations against Dendy, and what security measures had been taken in the wake of the arrest, the spokeswoman stated, "The Washington County School District is prohibited from commenting on an active investigation or matters regarding personnel. The safety of our students is a top priority and will continue to be at the forefront of our decision-making processes."
A source familiar with the matter spoke to TheBlaze on condition of anonymity, claiming that as of now, there has been "no public comment from the system and no parent meeting of the theater kids. ... [The] superintendent keeps shoving things under the rug and trying to hide things from the public."
The board of education is tentatively set to meet on Feb. 2 at 501 Industrial Dr. in Sandersville, Georgia.
According to his LinkedIn, Dendy has worked in kid-centric environments in multiple states, including at St. Charles High School in Waldorf, Maryland; Griffin High School in Griffin, Georgia; children's toy store Magic Box Toys in New Orleans, Louisiana; the Midsummer Musical Theatre Experience for campers ages 8 to 15 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi; and Starkville High school in Starkville, Mississippi.
The Dispatch reported that Dendy left the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District in 2016. When he returned later that year to watch his former students' theatrical performance, the district banned Dendy from all of its campuses.
At the time of his exile, Dendy told the Dispatch that he had been "told to resign so they could still give me a recommendation if I tried to get another teaching job," but in fact, he had been forced to leave the district in 2016.
Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Board superintendent Dr. Tony McGee had not responded to TheBlaze's request for comment concerning Dendy's exit from his role at the school at the time of publication.
TheBlaze's source indicated that since becoming the drama teacher at Washington County High School in July 2020, Dendy has "had lots of talks with the kids about him being gay and very WOKE content like drag in schools, [BLM], etc.."
The source noted that Dendy is rumored to have been the administrator of a private Instagram account called WACO Confessions, as well as what may have been corresponding Google forms and a Discord channel.
Kids would allegedly share personal and often sexual information with the administrator of the account, who would post the anonymized details to the feed. Allegedly, the account evolved such that kids would fill out Google docs with their "confessions," then ultimately share nude images with the admin "in trade for a confession."
One of Dendy's apparent re-blogs from Tumblr appeared on his Twitter account, which read: "do you ever just look at little kids and think 'damn, you're gonna be one fine as f*** ..."
When the Post Millennial reported on a drag story event targeting children in November, Dendy tweeted, "Glad to see the event doing so well!!"
Another user wrote, "Y r people wanting sex offenders to be around children."
Dendy replied, "If I wanted sex offenders around children I’d tell them to go to their local church."
Dendy's arrest came just days after new details emerged regarding the LGBT activist couple in Georgia arrested this past summer on suspicion of using their two adopted children to make child porn.
TheBlaze reported that in addition to allegedly raping and brutalizing two little boys, William Dale Zulock, 32, who worked as a supervisor at the county's Georgia Department of Driver Services, and Zachary Jacoby Zulock, 35, stand accused of pimping out their child captives to a pedophile ring in Georgia.
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