Sexually-explicit photos of a Pasadena high school science teacher were emailed to hundreds of people last week in an incident that police suspect involves hacking.
The inappropriate photos of John Muir High School teacher Richard Rosa were sent to teachers, students and staff on July 10.
No action has been taken against Rosa, as Pasadena Police believe that someone may have have hacked into Rosa’s email account.
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"My first reaction is, ‘I think he got hacked,’" former student Miguel Magana said. "I don’t think he would do something like that."
Magana also said Rosa was friendly and well-liked at school.
Student Devin Perry launched an online petition titled "Save Mr. Rosa" which had received more than 330 signatures as of Friday morning.
"Mr. Rosa is one of the most professional teachers I know and I would hate for a great teacher to lose a job based on a mistake that may have been an accident," the petition stated. "He's taught me so much and I don't want a teacher who has impacted lives to be turned down because of a mistake. Considering John Muir High School has a bad reputation, he's one of the best teachers who cares about the students and actually shows that he wants to be there."
After Pasadena Unified School District learned of the email, an apology was sent out to those who received the explicit photos.
The police investigation is ongoing.
Samia Khan contributed to this report.