A former Wisconsin high school teacher is accused of sending graphic Snapchat pictures to underage students.
Brandon Amato, 24, is charged with two counts of exposing genitals to a child, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. Amato was employed with the Stoughton School District during the last academic year as a social studies teacher and coach, according to Channel 3000.
Police say that a 16-year-old student at Stoughton High School told them Amato started sending her Facebook messages on June 29 asking her to sneak out to go see him. When she declined, she says he continued sending her messages on Snapchat.
They then allegedly exchanged clothed photos, after which point she says he sent her a photo of himself with his hands in his boxers and another picture of his penis.
A second girl, aged 17, says that in August, Amato sent her Snapchat pictures of his penis and also messaged her on Facebook inviting her over. The girl reported the incidents to a school counselor when she was registering for school later that month.
Police say that Amato at first denied knowing the girls were under 18, but later admitted that he knew they were minors.
In a statement obtained by Connect Stoughton, Stoughton School District officials released a statement that reads:
The safety of our students is the top priority for the Stoughton Area School District, and our staff have been and will continue to cooperate with our local law enforcement agencies to provide a secure learning environment for all. Because the case against Mr. Amato has not yet been concluded and the investigation by the Stoughton Police Department is ongoing, it would be inappropriate for the district to comment further at this time.”