Police: Phoenix teacher arrested on suspicion of offering student money for explicit photos
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Phoenix police on Wednesday arrested a teaching assistant at Maya High School suspected of offering a student money in exchange for inappropriate photos.
Darangelo Balark, 33, was arrested after a 14-year-old student reported the incidents.
According to court documents, Balark texted the student several times from the beginning of May and offered money for explicit photos of the student.
The student told police that Balark also inappropriately touched her on numerous occasions, according to court documents.
Balark told police the texts came from another student using his phone, according to court documents.
Balark was charged with one charge of sexual abuse and one charge of contributing to underage crime.
His bail has been set at $50,000 and a court hearing is scheduled for May 18.
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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Police arrest teachers, offer student money for explicit photos
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