Former Cafeteria Worker Faces Additional Charges

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A man arrested for allegedly having inappropriate contact with minors is now back behind bars.

Lauderdale County authorities say Dex Hunter Stone, a former Southeast Lauderdale Middle School employee, has been apprehended in Sumter County, Alabama. Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun says Stone now faces additional charges after two additional victims came forward. These latest charges include two counts of lustful touching of a minor and one count of sexual battery. Calhoun tells Newscenter 11 that none of the alleged incidents took place on school property.

"These are charges or incidents that occurred prior to his bonding on the original felony charges," Calhoun explains. "So, he is eligible for bond and bond has been set."

Calhoun says along with this investigaton, there have been reports of threatening text messages and facebook messages being sent to Southeast Lauderdale Middle School. Investigators say there is no evidence to link Stone or anyone to the threatening messages. Officials say all appropriate security measures have been taken, including adding an extra school resource officer.

"We're doing everything that we possibly can to separate fact from rumors," LCSD Superintendent Dr. Randy Hodges says. "That's what our responsibility is today is to try and find out what the facts are."

Calhoun says Stone will be extradited from Sumter County to Lauderdale County. His total bond is $145,000.