Delone Catholic teacher arrested on child pornography charges

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A Delone Catholic High School teacher has been arrested on accusations he had an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old student.

Gary J. Hatez Jr., 31, of Hanover, is charged with sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors, and criminal use of a communication facility.

According to the criminal complaint, Hatez gave the girl a pair of thong lace underwear at school as a birthday present. He then persuaded her to send “proof” she was wearing the underwear and received a photo of her wearing a similar pair of panties.

Hatez and the student also exchanged thousands of text messages since November, the complaint states.

Hatez was arrested Thursday and placed in Adams County Prison on $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 30.

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