Police: Substitute arrested for trying to coerce student

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DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. -- A substitute teacher working in DeSoto County has been arrested and banned from returning after reportedly making inappropriate remarks at Hernando Middle School, district officials said.

WREG has learned a parent and a student filed a complaint with the Hernando Police Department earlier this week. They told authorities Hudson wrote a note to the student asking to meet for the purpose of "engaging in sexually-explicit conduct."

The district released the following statement Friday:

The inappropriate remark was made by a substitute teacher that was employed by Kelly Services.  Their employee was removed from campus, and he will not be allowed to return to DeSoto County Schools.

Hernando Police said they arrested Cortez Hudson and charged him with enticement of a child to meet for sexual purposes.

Larry Marley's daughter attends Hernando Middle. She didn't know the victim, he said.

“She didn’t know anything about it until I told her," he said of his daughter. "I'm more concerned about the girl [victim] than the teacher that was a substitute."

Marley said he was happy with the district’s response, but questioned the process for hiring.

DeSoto County contracts with Kelly Services to hire substitutes.

“I would like for them to review how is Kelly Services handling their vetting process," he said. "Do we need to look at that?”

WREG contacted both the DeSoto County school officials and Kelly Services tonight to ask about that process but neither responded.

Marley said he hoped he wouldn't have to worry about it again.

“I don’t think we should knee jerk reaction. This is one incident. If we see a pattern then we probably need to do something," he said.

DeSoto County District Attorney John Champion said he wasn't aware of Hudson's criminal background, but said teachers are thoroughly vetted. He said Hudson likely had a clean record.

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