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Sep 17, 2013 11:28 AM by Associated Press

Laredo Teacher Facing Child Porn Charges

LAREDO, Texas (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a veteran South Texas teacher has been charged with swapping child pornography online.

Investigators say 53-year-old Jorge Valadez remains in custody without bond pending a detention hearing Thursday in Laredo. He's charged with receipt and distribution of child pornography.

Valadez teaches English at United South High School in Laredo in the United Independent School District. Assistant Superintendent David Garcia says Valadez could be put on administrative leave with pay but that action had not been taken as of Tuesday. Garcia says administrators first want to discuss the case with school attorneys.

Valadez, who's been with the district since 1994, allegedly used a computer at his home to send and receive sexually explicit videos of children. Search warrants were carried out Friday night and Valadez was arrested.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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