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Detectives comb through teacher's computers after child porn arrest

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During happier times, Lawrence Hughes was dancing at school, taking boys on kayaking trips and quoting the Bible. Today, he faced a judge in handcuffs.

"It's just absolutely in fathomable to us as to how he can download child porn in the first place and then take it to school," explained Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

The Union Academy science teacher is charged with 20 counts of having child porn on his school computer. Polk County Deputies say they found dozens of sexual images of teenage boys.

"We always knew there was something about him but I never thought it would be this," said Felicia Nelson, an eighth grader in Mr. Hughes' class.

Outside his Lakeland home, no signs of his wife and kids but we did see this. Kayaks he uses on trips he took with male students.

"I'm outdoors person and I love to go canoeing.I've never been and I've always wanted to try it, but it was just weird how he didn't take us," said Jessica Kolodzieg, who believes Hughes favored the boys in class.

Fox 13 got exclusive video of Hughes dancing at school, which shows just how much he loved interacting with students, but that's exactly what has some parents worried.

"Are we angry that it's a school teacher? We're angry that it's anyone, especially a person in public trust," said Sheriff Grady.

Investigators have seized Hughes' home computers as well. They are tracking when and where the pornographic photos were taken. Meanwhile, they are asking any students who may have been molested, to come forward. Hughes is behind bars on $100,000 bond.

 

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