Weare teacher resigns after he admits to masturbating to students' Facebook pictures
WEARE - At NH1 News, we hold public officials to a higher standard and make them accountable for their actions. So when a Weare teacher resigned after a police report detailed him using students' photos for self-gratification, we decided to investigate.
We encourage concerned parents to review the nine-page report. We warn you some of its details are graphic.
Back in December of 2015, the principal of John Stark High School recalls being notified about a now-former teacher, who reportedly had photos of a student on cell phones, hard drives and school issued laptops in his possession and "mixed in a folder" with alleged teen porn.
NH1 News did not name the teacher on live television because Weare police did not charge him with anything criminal because they lacked evidence.
However, his name is listed on the documents from police.
Police reports show the man had an attraction to "teen girls." The ex-teacher admitted to police he had "hidden files within his phone and personal computer.” The report also claims the ex-teacher admitted to "fantasizing to having sexual intercourse with (the victim) while masturbating."
The victim at John Stark was around 14 or 15 years old.
The man previously was a student teacher in Nashua and "admitted to messaging back and forth" with a 17-year-old student and having the girl send "one picture of herself in a Halloween costume."
NH1 News reached out to Nashua's superintendent of schools who was unaware of the investigation but now plans to look into the matter.
John Stark's superintendent and principal did not answer our requests for a statement but released a letter to parents on Tuesday in part stating, "Regard all members as innocent until proven guilty, but we must balance that core value with the paramount obligation for safeguarding your children."
Finally, NH1 News reached out to the state's Department of Education to ask what could be done to warn other school districts about the teacher. NH1 News was directed to a lawyer who said they, too, are unaware of the investigation and directed questions to John Stark.