A Catholic school student who was simply hoping to see a picture of her catechism teacher in a Santa Claus costume, but she ended up seeing a picture of a nude man instead, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Daryle Rodriguez, 71, was arrested after allegedly showing the fourth grader the picture. He is an instructor at St. John Bosco Catholic Church’s parish school, but was fired after his arrest, an Archdiocese of New Orleans spokeswoman told the paper. He was booked on charges of indecent behavior with a juvenile and was given a $15,000 bond.
Rodriguez was apparently trying to show the child a picture of himself on his cell phone but the first picture that came up was a fully nude frontal shot of a man. The girl went home and told her mother.
He told authorities he uses his phone to search for pornographic images, but didn’t know the picture had saved to his phone. He tried to cover it and later deleted it.
“Though the action did not involve physical contact, it was inappropriate and required police investigation,” the archdiocese wrote in a letter to parents about the incident. “As soon as allegations of inappropriate behavior came to light, we quickly turned the information over to the police, and they in turn moved quickly with an investigation and arrest. We will continue to work with them through this process.”