MATTHEWS, N.C. — Union County Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested a Weddington High School teacher after he allegedly sent inappropriate messages to students via Snapchat.
Santos Alejandro Valladares is charged with two counts of Disseminating Obscenities and three counts of Disseminating Obscenities to a Minor for his involvement in this case, according to a news release.
Detectives say Valladares’ arrest was the result of an extensive investigation conducted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office, with help from Union County Public Schools (UCPS) administration.
Police say the investigation was started after UCPS administrative staff received information that Valladares was maintaining inappropriate contact with students online.
Detectives say during their investigation they learned that Valladares initiated and maintained contact with numerous students via the app Snapchat.
Detectives say during these conversations, Valladares created and shared obscene material with these students.
Sheriff Cathey said, “Our investigators, along with UCPS administrative staff, came together to identify and arrest a perpetrator that sought to exploit the children of our community. We will remain vigilant in our efforts to curb any activity related to sexual exploitation. I encourage parents to speak with their children and teenagers about the dangers of social media applications and to monitor their accounts to ensure their safety”
Officials with Union County Public Schools say Valladares has been on administrative leave since September 28th and has worked with the school system since 2017, also teaching at Walter Brickett Elementary.
The investigation into this case is active and ongoing.
Police ask anymore with more information to call the Union County Sheriffs Office at 704-283-3789 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 704-283-5600.