Westover High teacher arrested for pandering

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

ALBANY, Ga. -- A Westover High School teacher put up $2,500 for bail and left Dougherty County Jail Wednesday after spending a night under arrest for soliciting sex for money from a student, a jail spokeswoman said.

"He might just as well have stayed," the jail spokeswoman said.

"They took out more warrants on him so he'll be back."

Reastgo Holmes, 38, was arrested Tuesday for soliciting a 17-year-old student for sex in return for $200, said Troy Conley, Dougherty County School System Police chief.

After the first victim came forward with the complaint about Holmes texting her for sex, two other girls, age 14 and 15 at the time of the offenses, also reported Holmes contacted them, Conley said. Citing the ages of the girls, Conley did not release any victim's names.

School police officers have warrants to arrest Holmes for two counts of felony pandering and two counts of enticing a child for indecent acts in connection with the two girls, Conley added.

A political science teacher who had been working in the school system since 1999, Holmes is likely to lose his job, said R.D. Harter, spokesman for the school system.

Harter said the school police deserved kudos for their investigation and arrest in the case.

"He is not allowed in the classroom," Harter said. "He will also have to face the Georgia board of professional standards about his ability to teach in the state."