MONROE — A teacher at Weddington High School was arrested on Wednesday (Oct. 6), according to a report from the Union County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO); Santos Alejandro Valladares was charged with two counts of Disseminating Obscenities and three counts of Disseminating Obscenities to a Minor.

Valladares’ arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by the UCSO with the assistance of Union County Public Schools (UCPS) administration.

This investigation began after UCPS administrative staff received information that Valladares was “maintaining inappropriate contact with students online,” according to the report.

During the investigation, UCSO detectives learned that Valladares allegedly “initiated and maintained contact with numerous students within the school via the Snapchat social media application.”

Detectives “learned that during these conversations, obscene material was created and shared by Valladares,” UCSO reports.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call the Union County Sheriff’s Office or Union County Crime Stoppers.

Sheriff Eddie Cathey stated: “Our investigators, along with UCPS administrative staff, came together to identify and arrest a perpetrator that sought to exploit the children of our community. We will remain vigilant in our efforts to curb any activity related to sexual exploitation. I encourage parents to speak with their children and teenagers about the dangers of social media applications and to monitor their accounts to ensure their safety.”

A representative with UCPS Communications and Community Relations confirmed Valladares is still employed with the school system and was placed on administrative leave on September 28.