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Police investigate widely emailed nude images of popular teacher 

By André Coleman , Lance Wyndon 07/17/2014

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Police are investigating a person they suspect may have hacked a popular John Muir High School teacher’s work email account and sent sexually explicit nude photos of the teacher to more than 200 people, the Pasadena Weekly has learned.

It appears he did not release it himself,” said Pasadena police Cmdr. John Perez. “We are looking at somebody, but we are very early in the investigation.”

The July 10 email contained pictures of what appeared to be business teacher Richard Rosa’s face, torso and genitals. One of those images shows a nude Rosa sitting up in bed and aiming the camera he was holding with one hand into a mirror.

The email went out to Muir teachers, other staff members, students and Board of Education member Renatta Cooper.

Attempts to contact Rosa were unsuccessful as of Wednesday afternoon.

A California “revenge porn” law passed in 2013, made it illegal to distribute sexually explicit photos that belonged to another person who expected the images to remain private. The crime is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, or both. If the victim, including the recipient of the images, is under the age of 18 or the defendant has a previous conviction for revenge porn, then the crime is punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, or both.

The incident has left district officials scrambling to resolve the matter. Less than 24 hours after the email went out, school district officials sent out a letter apologizing for the content.

“An inappropriate email message was sent to numerous email addresses from the Pasadena Unified School District account on Thursday, July 10. If you received this email, I would like to apologize for any harm this email might have caused and want to assure you that we are working with the relevant authorities to investigate the matter,” the email states. That email was sent to everyone who received the initial email from Rosa’s account and all staff members and faculty at Muir High.

Muir teachers contacted by the Weekly declined to comment.

Muir Principal Timothy Sippel called the situation “very unfortunate.”

“We encourage parents and students with concerns to contact human resources for his benefit and benefit of the school,” Sippel said.

Sippel declined to say whether Rosa would face disciplinary action or if he would be returning to teach at Muir when school resumes on Aug. 18.

Devin Perry, a Muir High senior, took to the Internet in protest of the rumors of his firing and created a petition on Facebook titled “Save Mr. Rosa.” So far, Perry has 317 signatures supporting Rosa.

“The goal of the petition is to give Mr. Rosa a fighting chance at his job, whether he continues to work at Muir or not. I don’t believe Mr. Rosa sent out this message. He has way too much pride in himself and his career to have sent out those pictures of himself,” Perry wrote.

Other Muir students also took to social media to express mixed reactions to the email.

“It’s disgusting and really dumb to have nudes that are so easily accessible. I don’t know Mr. Rosa personally, but I don’t believe that he would be the type of person to send out inappropriate pictures of himself. I think that they were sent by someone who wanted to get back at him for something,” wrote one student who asked not to be identified.

Another Muir student who also asked not to be named wrote on Facebook that Rosa “is not a bad guy and no one deserves their personal photos being shared with everyone. It’s so wrong.”

Wrote another student on Facebook, “We all know that wasn’t him who sent them who ever did this ruined his career.”

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First of all, why is he taking nude pictures of himself? Who does that?

posted by russmen626 on 7/17/14 @ 09:34 a.m.

C'mon, russmen626, I have them of you.

posted by Paul G on 7/17/14 @ 11:24 a.m.

If it is illegal to distribute sexually explicit photos that belonged to another person who expected the images to remain private, then why did this periodical feel it was appropriate to publish one?
I find it disturbing that if a person was victimized once already, that the Pasadena Weekly would be so thoughtless as to victimize them again by putting a picture and their name in print. Shame on the editor that approved this article.

posted by UCCH21 on 7/17/14 @ 03:51 p.m.

Let's be honest people. When you get that six pack and feel like you're looking good, you will snap some photos that you wouldn't want anyone else to see. Those of you with repulsive personalities and bodies could never grasp this concept. So back under the bridge you go!

I support this guy and hope he'll come out of this unscathed. Go on a TV show, talk about it, and make light of the situation.

My guess is an unattended unlocked computer is what caused this mess.

posted by Crucible on 7/18/14 @ 12:09 a.m.

One of the first things a victim of Revenge Porn will often do is register the image with US Copyright office so that it will be illegal for anyone to be posting copies of it. The Pasadena Weekly is currently complicit for reposting revenge porn images that were hacked from Mr. Rosa, therefore spreading revenge porn themselves, and should take the image down immediately out of respect for Mr. Rosa and before PS is out of compliance with the law.

Read here for more details about Revenge Porn: http://www.xojane.com/it-happened-to-me/...

posted by muirgirl on 7/20/14 @ 03:04 p.m.

He seems to be a victim of revenge porn, and that is horrible and is one issue. However, were these nude photos stored by him on his school computer? That is not clear from the article. School computers are paid for by the taxpayers and to be used only for official school business, which nude photos are not. If so, that is another, separate and serious issue which should be looked at also.

posted by Local on 7/21/14 @ 06:02 a.m.

Thank you for taking down the image.

posted by muirgirl on 7/22/14 @ 03:56 p.m.
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