Two high school teachers in Pinellas County have been arrested in the same week for allegedly using home computers to engage in child pornography in separate incidents.
Jason Matthew Hooper, 30, is facing 47 felony charges alleging that he enticed several female high school students to email him nude pictures of themselves and give him "intimate apparel". Hooper of Clearwater was a teacher at Pinellas Park High School in the facility's Criminal Justice Academy. He resigned in November after the allegations surfaced.According to police, they began to investigate the matter when the mother of a 16-year-old student said she had found improper email messages between her daughter and Hooper. Police seized computers from Hooper's home. He is being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $490,000 bond.He has been charged with 32 counts of possessing child pornography, 12 counts of sending computer material harmful to a minor, two counts of abuse of a child in a sexual performance and one count of solicitation of a minor via a computer. Hooper has no previous arrests but police said additional charges may be lodged against him.
Earlier in the week, police arrested William Greico, 42, a teacher at Seminole High School. It is alleged that in August, Greico had emailed a 14-year old, asking her for a date after seeing her postings on a teenage website.After her mother filed a complaint with police, investigators masqueraded as the girl in a sting operation, allegedly engaging in sexual conversations with Greico. When Greico arrived at a prearranged spot thinking he was meeting the girl, he was arrested.