Las Vegas Substitute Teacher Commits Suicide Days After Arrest for Sending Inappropriate Note to Student He was 'Infatuated' With

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A former Clark County School District substitute teacher who was accused of handing inappropriate notes to a 14-year-old student and who admitted to being infatuated with her has died by suicide, the Clark County coroner's office has confirmed.

Nicholas Bott, 44, who worked at Becker Middle School, shot himself on May 18, two days after he had been arrested on May 16, a coroner's office spokesperson confirmed to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Bott had been booked into the Clark County Detention Center and had posted bail. He had been facing a felony charge of child abuse and a gross misdemeanor count of contact with a minor, Las Vegas Justice Court records show.

'The First Time I Saw You, My Heart Skipped a Beat'

According to an arrest report, Bott wrote inappropriate notes to a student, shared his contact information with her, and had told her not to tell anyone. He also told school administrators that he had been "struck with how pretty the girl was" and "became infatuated" with her as he got to know her, according to the arrest report.

"The first time I saw you, my heart skipped a beat," police allege Bott wrote. "It felt like you were my peer, like I was meeting someone in one of my college classes."

"I am stepping out on a limb for you and making myself vulnerable," police allege Bott wrote.

School administration escorted Bott from the campus and contacted police when they learned of the notes. But Bott also admitted his behavior had been wrong and said "if he was in the parents' shoes, he would want to kill somebody," the arrest report said. He was due in court on June 20.