Teacher arrested, offered student money for explicit photos

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Phoenix police arrested an assistant teacher at Maya High School Wednesday suspected of offering a student money in exchange for inappropriate photos.

Darangelo Balark, 33, was arrested after a 14-year-old student reported the incidents.

Balark allegedly texted the student on several occasions beginning in early May, offering money for explicit photos of the student, according to court documents.

The student told police that Balark also touched her inappropriately on numerous occasions, according to court documents.

Balark told police the texts were from another student using his phone, according to court documents.

Balark was charged with one count of sexual abuse and one count of contributing to the delinquency of minors.

His bond was set at $50,000 and a court hearing is scheduled for May 18.

Reach breaking news reporter Adam Terro at [email protected].

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