Henry County teacher faces felony charges after reportedly texting sexual messages to 16-year-old

Messages allegedly included a photo

By Samantha Smith - Digital Content Producer

Courtesy of Henry County Sheriff's Office

HENRY COUNTY, Va. - A Henry County middle school teacher faces felony charges after reportedly sending sexually explicit text messages to a student. 

Authorities say they received information on Thursday alleging that Carlos Raphael Wade, 32, who was a teacher at Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School, was sending sexual texts, including a photograph, to a 16-year-old. According to police, the messages were not sent or received while either was on school property. 

Wade was arrested and charged with two felony counts of solicitation of a child through the use of a communication system. 

According to police, Wade is currently being held at the Henry County jail without bond. 

The school district released the following statement Friday:

"Our staff is collaborating with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office in their ongoing investigation. Mr. Wade resigned his position as a middle school teacher this morning."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 276-638-8751.

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