Union County high school teacher arrested for inappropriate contact with students online

UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) – A teacher at Weddington High School has been arrested for improper contact with students online, the Union County Sheriff’s Office has said.

Santos Alejandro Valladares, 28, was charged Wednesday with two counts of spreading obscenity and three counts of spreading obscenity to a minor.

The arrest comes after a thorough investigation by UCSO with assistance from the Union County Public School Administration.

The investigation began after UCPS staff received reports that Valladares had inappropriate contact with students online.

Valladares initiated and maintained contact with many students via Snapchat in which he shared obscene material.

MPs say Valladares is still employed by the UCPS and would be subject to their standard disciplinary procedures.

UCPS told WBTV that the teacher has been working with the school district since 2017 and has been on administrative leave since September 28.

“Our investigators, along with the administrative staff of UCPS, have come together to identify and arrest an perpetrator who sought to exploit children in our community,” said Sheriff Cathey. “We will remain vigilant in our efforts to curb all activity related to sexual exploitation. I encourage parents to talk to their children and teens about the dangers of social media apps and to monitor their accounts to keep them safe.

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