Phillip Burns, 28, an academic coach at Wesley Heights Elementary School, was arrested Wednesday at the Muscogee County School District headquarters after being called into the human resources department, Dougherty County School System Police Chief Troy Conley said Friday.
is being held in the Dougherty County Jail without bond.
The district hired Burns on Sept. 28, said Valerie Fuller, the school district's communications director.
was a finalist for the 2012 Teacher of the Year award in Dougherty County.
He left his position as a third-grade science teacher at Lamar Reese Magnet School of the Arts in September, according to the Albany Herald.
"The investigation began after we received a complaint from a parent who had concerns about text communication between her son and Mr. Burns
," Conley told the Herald.
The communication continued after Mr. Burns
moved to Columbus.