NWGA Scanner | January 19th, 2022

Whitfield County School teacher arrested in undercover child predator sting in Floyd County

According to Floyd County Jail records and a FCPD report, Floyd County Police Department arrested a science teacher for Whitfield County Schools on aggravated child molestation charges. FCPD investigators continue to catch online child predators. According to Floyd County Jail records, they have made several arrests this week already. Whitfield County School science teacher Michael David Powers, 36, of Vermont Drive, Tunnel Hill, was arrested on Tuesday, January 18th, 2022. Powers was arrested after thinking he was meeting a child for sex but instead was met by Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force FCPD Investigator. Reports said Powers engaged in very graphic online conversations of a sexual nature with someone he thought to be under the age of 16 years. Reports said that he engaged in online conversations in which he described sex acts he wished to perform on the child. Police added that Powers proceeded to send four photographs of his penis to the child. The report went on to say that he threatened to expose the child to others if she did not send him nude photographs. Powers was taken into custody at the park, which is where he arranged to meet the child. Powers was booked into the Floyd County Jail, charged with aggravated child molestation, four counts of electronically furnishing obscene materials to a minor, use of a computer to solicit a child to commit a felony, obscene internet contact with a child, and sexual exploitation of a child. Powers has been a teacher at Coahulla Creek High School, and has been a Whitfield County Schools employee since 2011. Superintendent Dr. Mike Ewton said in an email, “We have been made aware of an alleged criminal situation involving one of our employees, Michael Powers. Mr. Powers has been placed on administrative leave as we receive and review information from law enforcement. The alleged incident did not take place at school or involve any students from Whitfield County Schools. Any other information would need to come from law enforcement officials involved in the investigation.” “Mr. Powers has resigned from his position with Whitfield County Schools.”– Whitfield County Schools