Honesdale High teacher accused of secretly taking photos of female students

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The Spanish teacher at Honesdale High School taught since 2015 and is now being held in the Wayne County jail awaiting a preliminary hearing on January 17.

State police say Gambino was a Spainish teacher at Honesdale High School and may have used his school-issued iPad to take inappropriate pictures of at least 14 female students.

Gambino was suspended on September 21 "with pay pending" investigations by the state police and Wayne Highlands School District, the district said in a news release.

According to investigators, numerous photos were taken of female students on Gambino's school iPad.

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

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

"It's honestly just disturbing to think about. It's unbelievable honestly!" Williams said. Authorities say the photos were close-up shots of students' breasts, as well as their private areas under skirts and dresses.

They reportedly do not contain faces. The photos were all taken in his classroom and around the school, and some were taken while he sat at his desk, according to police.

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

Gambino loaned the student his iPad and told him that it was already logged into the school's computer network. At some point, one of the students reported the photos to administrators later in the day. "The PA 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 learned Gambino accessed the school computer network with a personal Gmail account so they served a search warrant on Google for, among other things, photographs.



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