VINITA — A former substitute teacher at Miami and Welch public schools Chad Jarvis, 42, of Miami, was sentenced for charges of Soliciting Sexual Conduct and Communication of a Minor and Child Sexual Exploitation Monday, July 18, in Craig County District Court.
In a plea agreement, Jarvis received a sentence on count one, Soliciting Sexual Conduct and Communication of a Minor, one to nine years sentence in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, $500 fine and $250 donation to Victims of Crime and costs.
For count two, Child Sexual Exploitation, Jarvis received 21 years in the DOC, nine years sentence of incarceration, and 12 years on DOC probation, $500 fine, $250 VCA and costs.
Jarvis is also required to register as a sex offender within 10 days upon his release. The second felony count requires incarceration of at least 85 percent of the sentence according to Oklahoma law.
Craig County District Court Judge Harry M. Wyatt presided over the sentencing and ordered implementation of rules and conditions of probation and both counts to run concurrently with credit given for time served.
Jarvis was arrested on Dec. 19, 2015, after a warrant was issued the day before after Miami Police located him at the parking lot of a local farm supply store.
According to the probable cause statement filed in Craig County District Court written by Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Chris Leamon, the warrant stemmed from crimes committed while Jarvis was serving as a substitute teacher for the Miami and Welch Public Schools.
“The public’s trust in teachers and being that Jarvis is a former police officer, this was a disturbing case,” Leamon said after the sentencing. “The victim was a child and justice was served. Jarvis accepted a plea offer that makes him a registered sex offender for the rest of his life, he’s going to prison, and he’s on probation for almost two decades. The victim in this case will be an adult by the time he gets out of prison and will have many years of putting her life back together after this traumatic event.”
The OSBI agent said these types of cases are troubling and challenging and he credited the conviction on the victim’s actions in instantly reporting the crime.
“The district attorney read two victim impact statements, one from the victim’s mother and one from the victim. They were powerful they were emotional and just kind of reiterated these type of investigations are difficult to work, but in the end, the perpetrator went to prison,” Leamon said.
The probable cause statement in the case states when Jarvis was substituting at Welch High School, he was assigned to teach a class during the 2015 school year and Facebook “friended” a 16-year-old sophomore student and requested her cell phone number.
According to the OSBI report, Jarvis began texting and Facebook messaging the student and he asked if she would accept $600 in cash in exchange for sexual activity. The report says the student declined.
Leamon's report states on Oct. 1, 2015, Jarvis sent the student a text message that said, “You KNOW that I'm just a huge pervert that is going to ask you obscene things and then try to get you either send me pics or do something with me.”
Another text message Jarvis sent on Oct. 1 said, “And if I knew I wouldn't get shot or arrested, I'd stalk you and try to win you over.”
The 10th grade student informed her mother of the communications from Jarvis and they filed a complaint against the teacher with the Craig County Sheriff's Office.
Jarvis sent more text messages to the student on Oct. 9, 2015, according to the OSBI statement telling her he was substitute teaching senior English at Miami High School.
The OSBI report alleges Jarvis continued sending obscene messages to the 16-year-old student asking her to meet him at a park. The student contacted her parents, who notified the Craig County Sheriff's Office of the electronic communications from Jarvis.
In an authorized under cover operation, Craig County Sheriff's Deputy Tommy McGlasson, continued the text conversation with Jarvis.
According to the report Jarvis sent a photo of his genitals by text message to the student's phone telling her he had taken the photo in the MHS school restroom.
OSBI Agent Leamon confirmed through Miami Public Schools attendance records that Jarvis was teaching at MHS on Oct. 9, 2015.
Video surveillance obtained from MHS showed Jarvis leaving his classroom and going into a student bathroom on Oct. 9 and then exiting shortly. Records indicate Jarvis informed school administration he was ill that day and he then left school property.
Leamon's investigation concluded the photo sent from Jarvis' phone was generated inside the MHS bathroom stall by comparing the tiles and other objects seen in the photograph to those inside the student restroom.
The probable cause report in the case states Jarvis sent other messages electronically to deputy McGlasson thinking he was communicating with the minor student on Oct. 9, 2015 soliciting other specific sexual acts in exchange for money.
Jarvis was unable to get the $600 but agreed to pay the student the next day, Jarvis left MHS and drove to Vinita to meet the student for sexual activity according to the report.
Jarvis was arrested in Craig County and taken into custody on Oct. 9, 2015. At the time of his first appearance in court the Craig County District Attorney's office released Jarvis and requested further investigation by the OSBI.
After being brought into the Ottawa County Jail on Dec. 19, 2015, on the outstanding Craig County warrant, Jarvis was extradited to Craig County Jail and given a $500,000 bond.
Jarvis was hired as a substitute teacher for Miami Public Schools in September of 2015 until Oct. 9 for the 2015-16 school year and taught a total of 10 days at MHS, Nichols Upper Elementary, Will Rogers Middle School, Roosevelt and Wilson Elementary according to district records.
After the sentencing OSBI Special Agent Leamon said he wanted to personally thank the victim and her mother.
“It’s hard to come forward. It’s hard to talk about these issues. It’s hard in today’s society with social media and spontaneous news,” he said. “We overlook how brave she was to report it to the police. We encourage any victim, as difficult as it may be, to come forward. There are people here to make sure the child’s protected. Don’t be silent.”
Jarvis' attorney Lee Griffin did not respond for comment by press deadline.
Melinda Stotts is the associate editor of the Miami News-Record. She can be emailed at email@example.com. or followed on Twitter @MelindaStotts1