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

Court NewsBy Patsy R. Brumfield
Daily Journal

OXFORD – Matthew Blake Whitt, accused on two federal counts of illegal actions with a minor female, is set to change his not-guilty plea, a court document shows.

His hearing will be Thursday before Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills in Oxford.

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 cellphone to make the enticement for what Mississippi law could prosecute as statutory rape.

Whitt was due for trial Sept. 9.

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.

patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com