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Students call Newsome teacher charged with child porn "creepy"

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LITHIA, Florida- Word spread quickly of an arrest among classmates at Newsome High School.

"They're all going on Twitter, Facebook going 'oh he's such a creep,' said Sophomore Nicholas Little." I can't believe I didn't know about this."

Students were shocked to hear Geometry teacher David Valesano Jr. was charged Thursday with 20 plus counts of child pornography.

"He's a teacher and he interacts with kids and he has all those thoughts up there," said Nicholas of the news. "It's just weird."

Investigators with the Sheriff's Office online predator unit report the images found on Valesano's computers showed children between the ages of 8 and 13 involved in sexual acts.

"As a result of the search warrant today they did a cursory search of the computer and found 22 images today," said Hillsborough spokeswoman Debbie Cater. "We also seized the computers and they will go through them forensically and do a search."

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No one came to the door at Valesano's Bloomingdale home where he lives with his wife, teenage daughter and grown autistic son.

"Just to know it was somebody right here and I have an 8 year old and a 10 year old girl, and we live right down the street here," said neighbor Jody Baglin.

Other parents were equally as disgusted.

"They're innocent children," said Chris Burchell. "It's sickening."

Even before the arrest some say Valesano wasn't the most popular teacher on campus. On the website "Ratemyteachers.com" we found comments like this one on-line reading: "By far the worst teacher I've ever had... If you don't understand something he makes you feel like an idiot."

"It's just disappointing," said a recent Newsome High School grad. "I didn't have a choice. I had to be around him because he was a teacher at our school."

Valesano was placed on paid leave from his job as a teacher until school board members can meet July 30th to discuss his future with the district.

"They should let him go right now," said Burchell. "There should be no waiting, there should be no paid leave. They should just terminate him."

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