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BREAKING: Thoreau MS Teacher Arrested for Allegedly Sexual Abusing Minor

A Thoreau Middle School teacher was arrested for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to a teen, according to Fairfax County police.

Police arrested 31-year-old Matthew Snell of Maryland in El Paso, Texas after he allegedly tried to leave the U.S.

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Yesterday, parents found inappropriate text messages from the man to a teen and self-reported to the school. Detectives from the Major Crimes Bureau Child Abuse Squad acted swiftly to corroborate the information.

Snell became aware of the ongoing investigation and left our jurisdiction as arrest warrants were authorized and obtained. Through coordination with other law enforcement partners, he was tracked to the El Paso International Airport where he was safely taken into custody by the United States Marshals Service. Snell will be extradited to Fairfax County to face charges.

Snell faces charges of carnal knowledge of a child and taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial relationship.

Fairfax County Police Department worked with the Vienna Police Department, United States Marshals Service, the National Targeting Center, Homeland Security Investigations and Customs and Border Protection.

Anyone who has information about the case can call Major Crimes Bureau detectives at 703-246-7800.

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