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PA teacher accused of taking inappropriate pictures of students

Gaspare Gambino was arraigned Wednesday

HONESDALE, WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - A Spanish teacher in Wayne County is facing charges of taking inappropriate pictures and videos of more than a dozen of his female students.

Gaspare Gambino of Honesdale was arraigned Wednesday morning on 14 counts of invasion of privacy. 

Gambino was hired by the Wayne Highlands School District in 2015.

When school district leaders were made aware of that Gambino may have inappropriate pictures of his students on a school-issued iPad, the district says he was immediately placed on leave while state police began an investigation.

Gaspare Gambino was led out of the Wayne County courthouse in handcuffs Wednesday.

The 34-year-old stayed silent as he was hauled off to jail.

As a Spanish teacher at Honesdale High School, Gambino is accused of having inappropriate pictures and videos of at least 14 female students.

"I honestly think it's disgusting and it's just terrible to think that there's people like this in such a small town like this," Zachery Williams of Honesdale said.

Zachery Williams is a senior at Honesdale High School.

He never had Gambino as a teacher but the allegations made him angry.

"It's honestly just disturbing to think about. I don't know. I can't believe it. It's unbelievable honestly!" Williams said.

State police say the pictures are all close-ups of the girl's private areas.

They reportedly do not contain faces.

Some of the pictures were allegedly taken in Gambino's classroom.

Some were even taken from behind his desk.

"I'm shocked. It's sad that you don't know who to trust anymore!" Tess Hoffman said.

The investigation started after Gambino gave his school issued iPad to one of his students in September.

That teen stumbled on the pictures and reported the situation to administrators.

Wayne County DA Patrick Robinson says the allegations are disturbing and he plans to pursue the case vigorously.

"The Pennsylvania state legislature passed a law in 2005 that made this kind of conduct criminal. It's always been disgusting but now it's criminal," Wayne County DA Patrick Robinson said.

State police say they have not been able to identify all of the 14 girls who were in the pictures but are working with administrators to do that.

Investigators say this matter is still under investigation and they don't know if there are more victims.

Gambino posted bail Wednesday afternoon.

State police say after Gambino was placed on administrative leave by his school district, they believe he tried to delete the photos and files that were on his iPad.

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