N.J. Teacher Busted For Filming Baby Girl Being Sexually Abused And Sharing Video With ‘LOL’ Message
An elementary school teacher in New Jersey is facing federal child pornography charges for distributing a video of a baby girl being inappropriately touched, courts records revealed.
The teacher, Lizandra Rios, has been placed on administrative leave from the Robert Menendez School, also known as School 3, since her May 7 arrest, school district officials said, NJ.com reports. Public records indicate Rios is a special education teacher making $73,872 a year.
Citing a criminal complaint filed in New York, the website reported that Rios admitted to filming a video of a child only wearing a shirt and bib being groped and massaged. A woman is heard cooing at the baby and making explicit comments at the child while she is touched in a sexual manner. The complaint does not indicate who is touching the baby.
Federal authorities say the video was filmed in Montclair in June 2014. The video was shot using a cell phone that records show belongs to Rios. She allegedly sent the explicit video in a group chat in March 2015 with the message “don’t call DYFS on me … but this is a throwback! Lol!!!”
Police discovered the video last month after searching the cell phone of a man connected to an unrelated investigation, the complaint states.
Rios posted a $30,000 bond and must undergo sex mental health therapy as a condition of her release, records show. She is only allowed to leave her West New York home for employment, medical and attorney appointments, and to attend pretrial services. Visits with her child are suspended, a bail disposition indicates.
The school district would only confirm a teacher was arrested when asked to comment on the allegations brought against Rios.
“While the West New York Board of Education cannot speak on personnel matters, the board can confirm that it was notified that a teacher was arrested and that the arrest was not related to the teacher’s official duties in the school district,” Superintendent Clara Brito Herrera said in a statement, according to the report.