Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
We are off the air in Vernal. While we work to resume service, listen here or on the UPR app.

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.