A former Escambia County high school teacher asked for physical or chemical castration instead of prison time, begging to be allowed to raise his daughter, but was denied that by the judge and was sentenced on May 20th.

Escambia County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Dannheisser sentenced 32-year old Mark Ryan Lua to 12 years in state prison to be followed by 15 years of sexual offender probation. He was also registered as a sexual offender and will have to comply with all reporting requirements for the rest of his life.

On October 16th, 2019, Lua 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. Lua was previously employed as a teacher at Washington High School.

The charges originate from an investigation beginning in January 2019 when it was revealed that Lua used a fake social media account posing as an adult female and encouraged a female student to send him a sexual video. Lua was interviewed by investigators and eventually admitted to it.

After Lua was initially arrested, more female students came forward and testified that Lua raped them at his home while his wife was away. Lua was not interviewed about the additional allegations, but text messages provided by one of the students supported her account.

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