Man accused of sending ‘obscene’ text to Columbus Tech student arrested on weapons charge

A Columbus Technical College student accused of sending an “obscene” text message to a female student faces a weapons charge for allegedly having a shotgun on campus, authorities said.

David M. Lott, 61, of Cataula, Ga., was arrested by Muscogee County deputies on campus on Oct. 7. He made his $300 bond on a charge of deadly weapon in public that day, jail records state.

According to Sam Prophet, the college’s security chief, a student came to his office last week with a text e-mail on her phone that allegedly came from the suspect.

“It was an obscene e-mail,” Prophet added.

The text message led a teacher to speak to a mostly female class, asking whether anyone had encountered the suspect in a negative way. That’s when authorities learned that the suspect had bragged about having a gun, Prophet said.

“And another student, he had made some lewd remarks, also,” he added.

Authorities brought the suspect into the security office to talk. “He readily admitted he had a firearm in his vehicle and gave us the keys,” Prophet said.

A 12-gauge shotgun was found under the front seat of the suspect’s pickup truck. While a box of shells was found in the truck, the shotgun wasn’t loaded, Prophet said.

The security chief added that Thursday’s discovery was the first time a gun had been found on campus in the two years he’s been at the college.Lott has been indefinitely suspended from Columbus Technical College, Prophet said.