A 28-year-old high school English teacher in Texas is accused of hosting sex parties for teenage boys at his home.
Jared Anderson, also a group leader at his Mormon church, was arrested early Thursday on charges of sexual performance of a child and indecency with a child.
â€œHeâ€™s having parties where heâ€™s encouraging these kids to strip naked, to perform sex acts on each other, sometimes on him. Sometimes taking photographs, very graphic, disgusting sexual things going on,â€ Sergeant Jesse Salame, the San Antonio Police spokesman, told a news station.
Anderson is an English teacher at Judson High School, but the victims aren’t believed to be students at the school. Authorities have identified seven to 10 victims so far.
He was placed on administrative leave by the school district and was banned from his church.
Police say he hosted several sex parties at his San Antonio home, including a â€œBros Nightâ€ on February 12th.
â€œ(They involved) anywhere from seven to 12 boys, ranging in ages from 15 to 17, maybe one or two 18-year-olds,â€ Sergeant Jesse Salame told the news station. â€œDuring those parties, he played games where he encouraged them to get naked and perform sexual acts on each other.â€
Authorities told a newspaper that two of the victims came forward to police â€œa few days agoâ€ and reported the parties.
Investigators say a sign on the door at the February party read, â€œThe last one to strip naked loses.â€
He stands accused of convincing the boys to get naked and then convincing them to commit lewd acts. He is also accused of exchanging nude photos with at least one 17-year-old boy.
â€œIf thereâ€™s that many, thereâ€™s always a possibility there could be more,â€ Salame told a news station. â€œAnd again, these are disgusting, heinous acts committed against these boys. Weâ€™re happy to have gotten him very quickly.â€
Anderson is married and is the father of two young boys.
Authorities searched his home on the North Side of San Antonio.
Anderson admitted to the allegations during questioning by detectives. He sent text messages to some of the boysâ€™ parents, apologizing to them.
Anderson was a group leader at his local Mormon church, although the church hasn’t been named.
Anderson has been removed from all responsibilities within the local congregation, according toÂ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a statement to another news station. â€œThe Church is supportive of the efforts of authorities to investigate and prosecute this matter.â€
Anderson had also been named Teacher of the Year at Judson High School in January.
â€œMy passion is teaching, and I love teaching. But I understand that my studentsâ€™ passion might not be learning,â€ Anderson told the website. â€œI find that when you support your students with what they love, they support you and what you love.â€
â€œI try to go out of my way to support them. If I show up for my students outside of the classroom, they show up for me inside the classroom,â€ he said.
He has been an English teacher at the high school for three years.
His bail has been set at $150,000.