Ex-Lee County sub teacher set to plead guilty in minor-sex case

By Patsy R. Brumfield
Daily Journal
OXFORD – Matthew Blake Whitt, accused on two federal counts of illegal actions with a minor female,
is set Sept. 5 to change his not-guilty plea, a court document shows.
Whitt, 25, of Tupelo was a Lee County schools substitute teacher in 2012 when he is alleged to have enticed a minor female to engage in sex to make images intended for interstate commerce, as well as allegedly using a cell phone to make the enticement for what Mississippi law could prosecute as statutory rape.
Whitt was due for trial Sept. 9 before Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills in Oxford.
What kind of plea deal he’s gotten from the U.S. Attorney’s Office isn’t known, but usually it is for a charge less severe than the two counts he faces.
If convicted on both counts, he faced up to life in a federal prison.
Whitt also faces a three-count Lee County indictment accusing him of illegally having sex with a female who was 15 when the alleged sex occurred.
He pleaded not guilty to those charges and was released on bail to await action in circuit court.
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