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Utah Teaching Volunteer Charged With Soliciting Nude Pics

Pleasant Grove Police Department

A former Pleasant Grove High School volunteer teacher is accused of soliciting nude photos from teenage girls.

The Daily Herald in Provo reported Monday that 23-year-old Luis Mendez-Gamino is facing more than a dozen charges of sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to court documents, he used Instagram last month to offer a 17-year-old female student $400 for nude pictures.

The girl refused and Mendez-Gamino asked her to keep their chat secret.

Authorities opened an investigation and found Mendez-Gamino admitted to previously soliciting female students.

Investigators have since found more than 100 images or videos of child pornography on his phone.

Alpine School District spokeswoman says Mendez-Gamino passed a background check in 2015 and was last volunteered at the school in April.

It was unclear if he had an attorney.