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Matthew Christopher Yates biography: 13 things about Hastings, Florida teacher

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Matthew Christopher Yates is a resident of Hastings, St. Johns County, Florida, United States who enjoys pondering the role of language and the impact its proper and improper use has on people as individuals and as a society. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He previously served as a youth leader in Longwood,  Seminole County, Florida.
  2. He is a former camp counselor for a Christian leadership retreat.
  3. From 2007 to 2012, he attended The Geneva School, a private, classical, coeducational Christian day school in Casselberry, Seminole County.
  4. From 2012 to 2016, he attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Orange County, Florida where he earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy.
  5. From 2016 to 2019, he attended Regent College where he earned his master’s degree in theology.
  6. In July 2019, he joined Veritas Classical School in St. Augustine, St. Johns County as an eighth-grade humanities teacher. The classical Christian school teaches kindergarten through 10th grade.
  7. While employed by Veritas Classical School, using the name English teacher, he posted a notice on an online social media application asking, “Any women want to be rated by a teacher?” An undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent posing online as a female eighth-grader aged 14 responded to the notice on February 11, 2022. Using the name prof0987, he told her that he was a teacher and they should meet up at the beach.
  8. Between February 22, 2022 and March 11, 2022, he and the FBI agent he thought was a 14-year-old girl exchanged numerous text messages. He sent her sexually suggestive and sexually explicit photos.
  9. On March 6, 2022, he used explicit language when he texted the FBI agent he thought was a 14-year-old girl, suggesting that they meet. 
  10. On March 8, 2022, he asked the FBI agent he thought was a 14-year-old girl to meet in person and engage in sexual activity on March 11, 2022. He provided her with details about the sexual acts that he wished to perform on her.
  11. On March 10, 2022, he and the FBI agent he thought was a 14-year-old girl confirmed plans to meet. He asked her if she wanted to record their planned sexual activity on video.
  12. On the afternoon of March 11, 2022, he drove his Toyota 4Runner to a prearranged location in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida to meet the FBI agent he thought was a 14-year-old girl for sex. At the location, FBI agents arrested him and found him to be in possession of several condoms.  
  13. He was 27 years old when he was arrested on March 11, 2022. After his arrest, his photograph was removed from the website for Veritas Classical School.
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