Honesdale teacher sentenced for invasion of privacy
HONESDALE, PA — A former teacher, Gaspare Gambino, 35, of Honesdale was sentenced on July 5 to 180 days to six months in Wayne County Correctional Facility. The sentence was handed down by Senior Judge Raymond Hammill for six counts of invasion of privacy.
According to the Patrick L. Robinson, Wayne County District Attorney, Gambino was accused of taking photographs of students while he was teaching at Honesdale High School. A student found the pictures on Gambino’s IPad, which had been issued by the school.
According to a press release from Robinson’s office, “Six of those photographs depicted the clothed but intimate areas of female students which were not intended to be visible by normal public observation. After careful review of each photograph, it was the legal conclusion of the District Attorney’s Office that the six photographs to which Gambino pled guilty met the legal definition of Invasion of Privacy.”
Because of the conviction, for the next 15 years Gambino will be required to register as a Megan’s Law Offender.
The Wayne Highlands School District fired Gambino and as part of his guilty plea, he agrees to surrender his educational instruction certificate.
Robinson said, “High-tech voyeurs such as Gambino will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The impact of someone taking abusive photographs will not be downplayed and will not be tolerated.”
Senior Deputy District Attorney, Kathleen Martin, said, “Gambino violated the trust not only of these students, but also of the Wayne Highlands School District and the entire Wayne County community. While technology enhances our ability to educate and works to keep us all more connected, it also requires law enforcement officials to be diligent in the investigation and prosecution of those who choose to violate our children and our trust. Thanks to the efforts of the WHSD and PSP, Gambino is no longer in a position to harm our children.”