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Lemont

Child pornography charges filed against Lemont High School worker

Sent inappropriate photos to students

LEMONT - A man who worked at Lemont High School was charged with possession of child pornography and three counts of distributing harmful material after he reportedly sent inappropriate pictures to several students at the school, according to a Lemont Police Department news release.

Alejandro Martinez, 27, of the 16400 block of Harvest Lane, Lemont, was arrested Nov. 9 after an investigation stemming from several Lemont High School students reporting that he sent them inappropriate pictures through social media, according to the news release.

The investigation also led to the discovery of numerous pictures and video files containing child pornography that were in Martinez’s possession, the release stated.

Martinez was transported to the Cook County Courthouse in Bridgeview on Nov. 11. The investigation continues, and further charges are pending, according to police.

Martinez was not a Lemont High School employee, but was assigned to work on campus by Single Path, a technology consulting firm with whom the school has contracted, according to Lemont High School email sent to students, faculty and staff.

He worked primarily at the school’s technology help desk and provided educational technology support services to faculty, staff and students who visited the help desk, said Tony Hamilton, director of school and community relations for Lemont High School.

Martinez was subject to a background check prior to beginning to work on campus.

“The safety and welfare of our students and staff are our highest priority at Lemont High School, and we encourage anyone associated with Lemont High School, including students, parents, faculty and staff, to make school administrators and local law enforcement aware of any suspicious or inappropriate behavior. We will take immediate and appropriate action upon receiving such information,” according to the email.

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