COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A student at Columbus Technical College has been suspended indefinitely after campus officials say he was caught sending sexually explicit emails to a 20-year-old female student and for having a shotgun in his car on the campus.
According to the college's chief of security, Sam Prophet, 61-year-old David Michael Lott, a student at the carpentry and cabinet-making school, met the victim on campus.
Prophet says they are in two different fields of study but shared the same lunch area and had been exchanging friendly emails back and forth for weeks. The victim says the correspondence suddenly turned graphic and crude and she reported it to campus security.
Prophet adds they also received information from another student that Lott had a gun on school grounds and officers found one in his car in the parking lot.
"It was a 12 gauge shotgun. It was unloaded and it was separated from the box of shells that he had in the car. It appears that it has never been fired," Prophet said.
Lott was arrested and charged with Possession of a Weapon on a College Campus.
In an interview, security officials say Lott told them he had the gun for protection when he went on trips.
Lott has bonded out of the Muscogee County Jail on his misdemeanor charge. He is an ordained Baptist minister.
On top of the obscene emails and unloaded gun, officials say Lott also made inappropriate comments to a 19-year-old student in person.
Campus security says their investigation is ongoing as far as the inappropriate emails. The chief of security says the emails were not sent on campus but from Lott's personal computer at home.
"This is not the first incident where we've had students report crimes to us. They feel comfortable doing that and they know we'll respond. We have dedicated a lot of time and effort to the security system that we have here at Columbus Technical College and it has obviously paid off for us," Prophet added.