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Fri Jun 4, 2021, 02:04 AM

Salt Lake City school board member arrested during child porn investigation

A Salt Lake City school board member has been arrested for allegedly downloading images of child pornography and engaging in explicit conversations online with kids as young as 12 years old.

Joél-Léhi Organista, a newly elected member to the board who previously worked at Horizonte High, was booked into jail late Wednesday night. He is being held on suspicion of eight felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

When the accusations became public Thursday, the board’s leadership called on Organista to resign.

“As individual school board members whose duty it is to protect and enrich the lives of children, we condemn the crimes of which Mr. Organista has been accused,” said President Melissa Ford in a news conference. “To engage in any such conduct or to exploit or endanger any child is indefensible.”

Read more: https://www.sltrib.com/news/education/2021/06/03/salt-lake-city-school/
(Salt Lake Tribune)

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