Lawrence Douglas Hughes, 59, of Lakeland is a research teacher at Union Academy Magnet School, deputies said.
Detectives began an investigation with the Polk County School Board on May 28 when officials learned that a student, who was using Hughes’ school board-issued classroom computer for research, saw a “warning” pop up on the computer that said “You have been viewing or distributing child pornography.”
The student told investigators that Hughes shut down the computer and did not say anything about the pop-up message.
The student also told investigators Hughes invited him on a canoeing trip earlier in the year, and although he didn’t go, two other male students went on the trip. The student told investigators that he later saw pictures of the boys in bathing suits during the canoe trip.
The student said Mr. Hughes “wrestled” with one of the boys on the trip and that the two boys and Mr. Hughes were holding hands and “praying” together while on the trip, according to a news release.
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