Former Armstrong Middle School teacher accused of enticing a child

 The Starkville Police Department, along with the U.S. Marshal Task Force, arrested 37-year old Lacey McBeath, of Columbus, on felony warrants Wednesday. The warrants were issued for enticement of a child to meet for sexual purposes and enticement of a child to produce visual depiction of sexual conduct.
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RYAN PHILLIPS
SDN EXECUTIVE EDITOR

A former Armstrong Middle School teacher is facing accusations of sexual misconduct concerning a child after being arrested on Wednesday.

The Starkville Police Department, along with the U.S. Marshal Task Force, arrested 37-year-old Lacey McBeath, of Columbus, on felony warrants Wednesday. The warrants were issued for enticement of a child to meet for sexual purposes and enticement of a child to produce visual depiction of sexual conduct.

McBeath was released from the Oktibbeha County Jail after bond was set at $50,000.

Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District spokesperson Nicole Thomas confirmed McBeath is no longer an employee of the school district.

"The District is aware of the charges against him, and we are fully cooperating with Starkville police in this investigation," Thomas said. "As a personnel issue, the District does not have any further information to share at this time."

Thomas said McBeath was hired as an 8th grade science teacher in the summer of 2017 and began working at the school in August.

He is scheduled to appear in Starkville Municipal Court on Monday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m.

This is a developing story. Follow the Starkville Daily News for updates.

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