Valley View track coach charged with 22 counts of displaying harmful material to minors
Investigators have arrested a Valley View school district track coach accused of sending students a sexually explicit image.
Officers arrested track Coach Pablo Abel Gonzalez Jr., 31, of Hidalgo on Thursday.
Gonzalez is charged with 22 counts of sale, distribution or display of harmful material to a minor, a Class A misdemeanor.
At 8:24 p.m. on April 21, Gonzalez sent an image to a WhatsApp group chat for the Valley View track team, according to the criminal complaint against him. The chat included 27 students -- including 22 students younger than 18 years old -- and other coaches.
Gonzalez sent a photo that appeared to be a screenshot of a CNN news broadcast with the words "US declares war on North Korea," according to the criminal complaint. When a user clicked on the photo, though, the photo showed a naked man holding his penis.
The criminal complaint doesn't identify the man shown in the picture.
Investigators interviewed Gonzalez, who said he thought the news report was real and sent the link to several WhatsApp group chats, according to the criminal complaint. Investigators also spoke with students who saw the inappropriate image.
After Justice of the Peace Roberto "Bobby" Contreras arraigned Gonzalez on Thursday morning, officers transported him to the Hidalgo County jail for booking.
Contreras set bond at $110,000.
Gonzalez couldn't be reached for comment.