High school teacher Vadi Velez-Gonzalez was arrested after four students saw that he was watching gay pornography, which was made obvious to them because the man left his iPhone face up on his desk while a student went to the front of the room to ask a question.

The incident occurred Wednesday at Mulberry High School in Winter Haven, Fla. and the 47-year-old teacher was placed on leave Friday. He was arrested Monday and has been charged with four counts of showing obscene material to a minor.

WTSP reported that an investigation uncovered Velez-Gonzalez had visited Adam4Adam, described as a “gay men’s dating and sex sharing site,” a whopping 382 times over the last two weeks at school.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the police believe Velez-Gonzalez knew what he was doing.

“We believe he knew exactly what he was doing. He was exposing ninth-grade children to very nasty pornography,” the sheriff said. “Are you kidding me?”

News of the incident broke after one of the students spotted the pornography, went back to her desk, returned to the front of the room, pretended to throw something out, filmed what Velez-Gonzalez was doing with her phone and shared it on Snapchat.

“He had kids in his class, what was he doing?” one asked in disbelief.


It was also shared with investigators.

Velez-Gonzalez has been employed by his district since Aug. 2014, but stands to lose his job if the investigation turns out as it appears it will.

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