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Polk Teacher Arrested

Polk Teacher Arrested

Lakeland, Fla.-(970 WFLA)-Polk County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested a teacher at Union Academy Magnet school on 20 counts of possession of child pornography.

Deputies say they started investigating Lawrence Douglas Hughes after a student spotted a pop up warning about child porn while he was using the teacher's work computer. 

Investigators took Hughes' two school board issued computers and forensically examined them.  Detectives say they found child pornographic images and pictures on both computers.  The photos showed naked boys between the ages of 12 and 16.  Some of the images were of children engaged in sex acts with adults and with other children.

Deputies are asking that any parents or students that have any knowledge of any inappropriate contact Hughes may have had with children to contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 863-298-6200.


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