Accused former Merrimack teacher facing new sex chargesBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
January 20. 2017 12:57AM
MERRIMACK — A former teacher arrested last year for allegedly sending sexually explicit photographs and videos to a female student is now facing additional charges in connection with the case.
According to newly filed court documents, Todd Wiley, 63, of 14 Mayflower Drive, Milford, has now been charged with 14 misdemeanor charges — six counts of obscene matter offenses, six counts of exposing a minor to harmful materials and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
In addition, a Hillsborough County Superior Court grand jury handed up an indictment this month against Wiley, charging him with a felony count of obscene matter alleging that he sent emails to the student, which depict “graphic sexual conduct between (the girl) and Todd Wiley,” say court records.
He was indicted last month on a separate felony count of solicitation to the distribution of child sexual abuse images.
Wiley had been employed with the Merrimack School District for 37 years teaching English and philosophy at the high school. Superintendent Marge Chiafery removed Wiley from the classroom immediately after being notified that an investigation was underway this past fall; he retired shortly thereafter.
According to new court documents, Wiley allegedly enticed the 16-year-old student to send him sexually explicit photos at least twice in October of 2016. He is accused of sending the girl pornographic videos between Oct. 4 and Oct. 7 of 2016.
Each of the 14 misdemeanor charges carry a possible jail sentence of up to one year. One of the felony charges carries a prison sentence of up to seven years, and the earlier felony charge, if convicted, could place Wiley in prison for 10 to 20 years, according to the indictment.
Court records allege that Wiley endangered the child’s welfare by “purposely violating a duty of care of protection that he owed to (her).”
Wiley is currently free on $20,000 cash bail. Police began investigating the local teacher after the victim’s parents discovered the inappropriate photographs, emails, texts and videos on their daughter’s phone and reported it to police, according to authorities.
“We want to make sure the student is taken care of. Our students are our primary concern. We do not tolerate or condone this behavior,” Superintendent Marge Chiafery said earlier.