BROKEN ARROW — A Broken Arrow Public Schools teacher was arrested Wednesday on a complaint of making a lewd proposal to a 15-year-old girl after spotting her at the pool at his apartment complex, a Broken Arrow Police Department official said.
The girl’s mother reported to police Tuesday that Greg Durbin, 41, had been sending her daughter inappropriate messages on her Instagram account, Sgt. Thomas Cooper said.
Durbin is a history teacher at Broken Arrow High School and has taught in the district since 2006, according to the school’s website.
Cooper said the girl told officers that she went to the pool with friends around noon Tuesday, where Durbin — who lives at the apartment complex — approached her and her friends and struck up a conversation.
Once the teens left the pool, Cooper said Durbin sent the girl a “follow” request on Instagram, which the girl said she approved. Soon afterward, Durbin sent her direct messages on Instagram and asked her not to share them outside the app, an arrest report says.
The report alleges that he messaged the girl, “I’m 41, lol. You are what...16?” The girl responded that she was 15, and Durbin allegedly replied, “Can I ask you a sex question?” police allege in the report.
She said “sure,” which the report indicates is when he began asking multiple sexually explicit questions.
One of the messages from Durbin, according to the report, tells the girl “I’m sooooo bad, tonight! Coach wants your number.”
Durbin’s BAPS biography, which appears to have been taken offline as of 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, states that he was previously a basketball coach at Duncan High School and an assistant coach at Putnam City West High School.
BAPS released a statement Wednesday evening indicating that Durbin has been suspended with pay pending an investigation.
“We take any matter involving a risk to students very seriously, and we are cooperating fully with law enforcement in their investigation,” spokeswoman Shelli Holland-Handy said. “Appropriate action will be taken pending the outcome of these investigations.”
Durbin remained at the Broken Arrow City Jail Wednesday night in lieu of $25,000 bond. Cooper said Durbin is expected to be booked at the Tulsa Jail within 48 hours.