CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A former teacher busted for sending sex texts to a 15-year-old boy was sent to prison on Wednesday.
Douglas Collier was sentenced to the max and will serve eight years behind bars. He tried, unsuccessfully, to talk his way into a lighter sentence.
"I have hurt this young man and if he were here, I would say to him I hope he knows he did not do anything to deserve the way I treated him," said Collier.
Collier worked as an instructor at Lakewood's Beck Center youth theater program where victim was a student. Collier befriended the teen boy at the Center and requested the victim to help him prepare for a role in a play in which he - Collier - needed to be nude.
Collier sexually solicited the victim by sending messages via his blackberry to the victim's email.
A search warrant was executed at his apartment on West 11th Street. Investigation revealed pictures saved on Collier's blackberry that included teenage males engaged in oral sex and nude juvenile males.
He will be registered as a Tier II sex offender.