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Teacher charged with having sex with 15 year old

PORT ROYAL -- A Hardeeville High School substitute teacher was arrested Thursday and charged with having sex with a 15-year-old boy he met on the Internet, according to the Beaufort Police Department.

Eric Lamar Parker, 25, of Port Royal is charged with committing a lewd act on a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Police said Parker met the teen on the popular social networking site myspace.com. Investigators say Parker lied about his age to set up a meeting Monday with the boy.

Parker picked up the boy from his home and took him to shop for clothes in Savannah before checking into a Beaufort motel, according to authorities.

Investigators arrested Parker on Thursday night at his home on Midtown Drive. His computer was seized as evidence, police said.

Parker was being held at the Beaufort County Detention Center on $100,000 bond on Friday.

Parker has been a substitute teacher at Hardeeville High School for at least a year, according to Jasper County School District officials.

"I don't know whether you can suspend a substitute because they're not full time," said district spokesman Robert Huff, "but I'm certain we will not be using his services in the near future."

In a statement released by Huff, Superintendent Delacy Sanford said the district "regrets that one of its substitute teachers has been accused of such an act, but we now must await the completion of the investigation and any judicial proceedings."

Over the past three years, communities across the country have been critical of myspace.com and similar social networking Web sites for their connections to numerous missing child, sexual assault and school threat cases.

The Beaufort County School District blocks students from accessing myspace.com on school computers.

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