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SLPS employee charged with sexual trafficking of a child

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A St. Louis Public School District employee has been charged with serious sexual crimes involving a student at his school.

Forty-five-year-old Michael West is charged with promoting child pornography and the sexual trafficking of a child. West was working at Vashon High School as an in-school suspension monitor, meaning he supervised students taken out of class for disciplinary reasons.

According to court documents, between the July 1 and August 10 of this year, West approached a 15-year-old male student at Vashon and said he could help the student make money.

West reportedly told the boy he could set up meetings where the student would perform sexual acts for cash. West explained he would take a percentage of the money for setting up the exchange.  

He also requested an explicit photo of the student to share with others.

Friday, district officials said West was still employed at the school and any employment action would have to be brought up to the board, which has not met. He has been employed in the district for 20 years.

Authorities said West may have targeted more children.

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