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Pasco teacher accused of using Facebook to lure kids for sex

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PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

At Centennial Middle School in Dade City, David Thompson is a familiar face.

He started with the district 20 years ago, teaching social studies.

However, federal prosecutors paint a darker picture of Thompson. They say on Friday, he booked a flight from Tampa, bound for Belize in Central America.

He didn't make past Miami. Belizean officials refused to admit him. Federal authorities busted Thompson after they say he used Facebook to entice two teenage girls, 13 and 15, to have sex with him.

In his Seffner neighborhood, Don McAfee is getting Thompson's mail and keeping an eye on his mobile home.

He says the crime Thompson is accused of doesn't match the man he knows.

“It’s hard to believe. Just the way he acts, I wouldn't think he'd do anything like that,” said McAfee.

A Belize banner hangs on Thompson’s front porch. News Channel 8 also found an August 2013 marriage announcement in a Belize newspaper announcing the then 47-year-old, marrying a 21-year-old.

A Pasco School district spokesman says Thompson’s record appears clean.

“I don't know anything in his history with our district that would be concerning,” said Betsy Kuhn.

The Pasco School District put Thompson on administrative leave. Betsy Kuhn says the principal and assistant principal at Centennial Middle School are surprised.

“Unfortunately, this happens more than we would like, that we have employees arrested but this is a very serious issue and we're taking it very seriously,” said Kuhn.

If convicted, Thompson faces 10 years to life in prison.

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