#teacher | Former Teacher Facing Up To 20 Years On Child Sex Charges : NorthEscambia.com

A former Washington High School teacher is facing up to 20 years in prison on child sex charges.

Wednesday, Mark Ryan Lua, 31, entered a plea of no contest to one count of promoting the sexual performance of a child and three counts of unlawful sexual activity with certain minors.

The charges stem from an investigation that began in January 2019 when it was discovered that Lua used a fake social media account in which he posed as an adult female and encouraged a female student to send him a sexual video. Lua was interviewed by Pensacola Police Department detectives and eventually admitted to using the fake account to obtain the video from the student.

After Lua was initially arrested, additional female students came forward and testified that Lua had sex with them at his home while his wife was away. Lua was not interviewed regarding the additional allegations, but text messages provided by one of the students corroborated her account.

Lua will be sentenced by Escambia County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Burns in December. He faces a maximum of 20 years in state prison. He will also be designated a sexual offender and will have to comply with all reporting requirements for the remainder of his life.

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