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Court documents reveal Clarksville teacher asked police for help with porn addiction

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Clarksville teacher at the center of a sexting scandal is being fired. A letter was sent home to parents Friday, even as that teacher -- Scott Schermerhorn -- appeared in court.

He brushed past our camera and answered no questions, yet police say Scott asked three teenage girls -- students at Clarksville High School -- to text him nude pictures.

Only one replied and she was 18. The others, who are just 15 and 17, left the teacher pleading not guilty Friday to attempted child exploitation.

"A student who is a friend of one of females who had received one of these solicitations informed her parents and the parents notified the police department," said Jeremy Mull, the prosecutor.

Schermerhorn was in his third year as the P.E. teacher at Clarksville High School, but judging by a letter that was sent home with parents today, it sounds like he's being fired for the sexting scandal.

Superintendent Kim Knott wrote to parents Friday, saying the district has started the dismissal process. The 31-year-old teacher could still appeal.

Shelena Rak received the email and says it's been the topic of conversation for the teenage grandchildren living in her home.

"We need to know what's going on," she said. "We need to know that this was handled."

Rak says she tells the teens, "not to be afraid to come to parents, go to teachers, go to guidance counselors. Don't be afraid to talk to somebody about it, and most of all, don't feel you're to blame for it. Sometimes adults make mistakes."

The letter tells parents any student who is confused or has question will be offered support services.

The judge has ordered Schermerhorn not to contact any students from the school.

Court records say he confessed to police and asked for help with an addiction to pornography.

"Certainly, whatever happens, whether this goes to trial or we reach some sort of agreement, I think it would be advisable that he's addressing whatever problem he has," Mull said.

"It's unfortunate," Rak said. "It happens in a lot of different schools but it doesn't cause me not to trust the school system."

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