- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) - A candidate for state representative faces administrative action after allegedly sending inappropriate texts to a student at a high school where he taught in Rhode Island.

Police say sexually explicit text messages were sent by Matthew Guerra, Republican candidate for House District 46. WPRI-TV (http://bitly.com/1yyzaPp ) reported that prosecutors determined no crime had occurred because the student was 18.

Education officials told WPRI that Guerra no longer holds a teaching certificate and that he’s longer employed at North Providence High School, where he’d worked as a substitute math teacher.

Guerra, who’s challenging Democratic Rep. Jay O’Grady, told The Associated Press that the timing of the news report appears to be aimed at hurting his campaign. His attorney asked for privacy as the Rhode Island Department of Education works through an administrative process.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com

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