Osceola County, FL – A 26-year-old Poinciana High School teacher and girls’ basketball coach was arrested Thursday after having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old student, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies began an investigation after the girl reported to school administrators that Wayne McKenzie Ricks was making her feel uncomfortable, Osceola County Maj. Jacob Ruiz said.

Ricks bought gifts for the student, including sneakers, a cellphone and a necklace, Ruiz said.

Detectives said Ricks kissed the victim once and sent her a nude photograph of his genitals through Snapchat. The allegations were confirmed by a recorded phone call, deputies said.

“We would like to thank the deputies, detectives and school officials that acted quickly in this case to ensure that our students are not exposed to any individuals who are willing to harm our children,” Ruiz said.

Faculty and staff members voted Ricks teacher of the year in November. He has since resigned from his position.

Ricks was booked into the Osceola County Jail on charges of battery and transmission of material harmful to minors.

Anyone with information about this case or a similar case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 407-348-2222.

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So how did he get her phone number and Snapchat? STALKING AND GROOMING.

This is why so many WOMEN are single. They can’t find a real man interested in dating women. These guys want young girls they can control and mold.

HE bought her a phone, necklace, and tennis shoes. To a teenage girl, THAT’S SOME REAL SHIT. To a grown ass woman, you haven’t done a thing. We already have that shit and wouldn’t find it impressive at all. What a dog this guy is.

Now he’s all upset because his dumb ass got caught. I’m not certain if the girl accepted the gifts initially and was just overwhelmed by the attention, or if she immediately was uncomfortable. There must have been something that encouraged him to move forward with the gifts. Maybe a smile or maybe she flirted back. But just typical of a pervert, they don’t waste any time. He gave her gifts then sent dick pictures. What are the gifts for? She’s a whore? Did he think she was for sale? So that’s his mack game? No wonder they pursue kids.

And he was teacher of the Year? Really? Why is it worth that to these guys? Why do they risk it all? I think it’s all nasty, but he couldn’t wait for her to turn 18 at least?

Was she interested in him at one point? She HAD to be. He kissed her and got away with it. And that couldn’t have been overlooked by her. You don’t accidentally kiss someone. What changed between them?

I know THAT’S not the same guy is it? Looks like it to me. Is he MARRIED?

Yeah it’s the same guy. WAYNE MCKENZIE as his Facebook shows. He’s apparently happily married and has been for years. They have beautiful children and he’s a perv.

He’s so in love, but sending out penis pictures. What kinda love is that? And it’s going to be embarrassing for his family. His wife is Latino and you know how hard it is for them to accept ANYBODY for their child.

And they let this man in and look At how he treats their daughter.

Smh I hope his wife decides to do what’s best for her and the children. This guy CLEARLY isn’t ready to be a good husband to her.