EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) – An Easthampton man accused of e-mailing a nude photo of himself to a 17-year-old girl has been placed on administrative leave from the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School where he was employed as a teacher.
That’s according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s office which reports 33-year-old Daniel Lozada was arraigned Monday on one charge of disseminating obscene matter to a minor. He allegedly emailed a nude photo of himself to a 17-year-old girl.
The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Chart School chief administrator Scott Goldman says he’s been cooperating with state and local law enforcement regarding an investigation of the alleged incident.
Goldman goes onto explain through a statement that the teacher in question was hired in August after background checks and references.
“Please know that I have taken all appropriate actions to ensure the continued physical and emotional safety and well being of our students,” said Goldman.
South Hadley Police says the investigation started after it was brought to their attention from the school. Easthampton and Northampton Police Departments as well as the State Police are also part of the investigation.
Lozada was arrested on Friday. He has since posted bail which was set at $250.00 and was released under the condition he not have any unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 18, and submit to electronic monitoring of his phone and computer. Lozada also cannot contact the victim.
Besides teaching at PVPA Lozada also is a dance instructor at the Northeast American School of Dance in Northampton and the Pineapple Dance School in Amherst.
“The allegations themselves are a complete surprise,” said Charlotte Doyle, owner Pineapple Dance School.
Dolye says she let Lozada go Monday amid the allegations.
“A letter went out to all our faculty and the entire school community just letting them know he was fired for being unprofessional,” said Doyle.
Doyle is sadden by the news and said he was a talented dancer and that she was working with him to improve his teaching skills.
“Before I knew anything about this, um we had been having a few issues with some professionalism. I was actually planning on letting him do anyway,” said Dolye.
Lozada is scheduled back in court on January 10th.