COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — The Collier County Public Schools teacher that was arrested Tuesday for showing students photos of his penis had been reprimanded by district officials in the past, records show.
A letter of reprimand from the Director of Human Resources at CCPS was sent to Travis Westberry, 30, on March 6, 2020, regarding an incident where he aggressively moved a student out of his classroom.
Westberry was removed from his position at Immokalee High School and was temporarily assigned to work in the Administrative Center so a full investigation into the incident could be conducted, according to the letter.
An investigation found that Westberry moved a student backwards, through the doorway on at least two occasions as they tried to enter his classroom, which is considered a violation of the expectations and standards required of CCPS employees.
The letter reads, in part: “Your misconduct, physically moving a student in an aggressive manner must not continue. You are expected to conduct yourself professionally in the workplace and to model positive behavior management strategies.”
The letter of reprimand was placed in Westberry’s personnel file, which NBC2 acquired on Thursday morning.
Westberry is a math teacher and boys varsity basketball coach at IHS. He was arrested on Tuesday and faces a felony charge related to inappropriate relationships he had with two high school girls, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
One of the girls said she began chatting with Westberry on a daily basis via text and through Instagram in September 2020.
In December, the victim said Westberry sent a picture of his penis to her, but claimed it was a “mistake” and was not meant for her. They continued to text daily, according to investigators.
The student said Westberry continued to send her photos of his penis, with the most recent being on Spring Break — about a week ago.
Another girl told deputies Westberry had put his hand on her thigh and started rubbing it during math class, according to court documents. She also accused Westberry of showing her photos of his penis and videos of himself masturbating on his phone.
A spokesperson for CCPS said that the district is aware of the allegations and has decided to terminate Westberry — effective immediately.