HONESDALE - A Spanish teacher at Honesdale High School, Gaspare Nichola Gambino, was charged January 10th, for taking inappropriate photographs and videos of at least 14 female students without their knowledge. Gambino has been on administrative leave since September 2017.
Gambino, age 34 of Honesdale was arrested January 10 and charged with 14 counts of Invasion of Privacy, a misdemeanor of the 2nd degree.
The Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Pennsylvania Trooper Gregory Allen alleges that Gambino has been employed as a Spanish teacher by the Wayne Highlands School District since 2015.
According to the Affidavit for Arrest on September 19, 2017, it was discovered that Gambino had been surreptitiously taking numerous photographs of at least 14 girls. The photographs were of the close ups of girls’ breasts and private areas under their skirts and dresses. The photos were all taken at Honesdale High School in Gambino’s classroom and known school surroundings. Some of the photos appeared to have been taken from a seated position at Gambino’s desk.
Gambino was arraigned January 10th by Magisterial District Judge Linus Myers and bail was set at $10,000.00 with conditions of no unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 18 and to surrender his passport.
Gambino is scheduled for an initial appearance at Central Court in the Wayne County Courthouse on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 9 a.m.
Gambino was placed on administrative leave by the Wayne Highlands School District on September 21, 2017. Any inquiries regarding Gambino’s status at the Wayne Highland School District should be directed to Tim Morgan, Assistant Superintendent.
The State Police are continuing to investigate this matter and anyone with information regarding this matter should contact Pennsylvania State Police at 570-253-7126.
District Attorney Pat Robinson stated that “these allegations are very disturbing and will be vigorously pursued. The Pennsylvania Legislature addressed this very situation when it amended the Invasion of Privacy section of the Crimes Code in 2005.”