Philip Paauwe

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A former Grand Rapids schools teacher was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for persuading a Florida teen to produce and send him sexually explicit photographs.

Philip Paauwe, 33, earlier pleaded guilty to coercion or enticement of a minor – age 15 to 17 – for convincing the girl to send the photos, which constitute child pornography.

Paauwe was sentenced Thursday, Sept. 12, by U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney in Kalamazoo. The judge ordered Paauwe to serve 10 years on supervised release once his prison sentence ends. He also ordered Paauwe to pay the girl $34,000 in restitution.

Paauwe was also accused of trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old girl, federal prosecutors say.

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