A former Tunkhannock Area High School substitute teacher was arraigned Wednesday after three underage students came forward and said he sent them inappropriate messages in September and October.
Zachary T. Migliori, 31, of Falls, appeared before Magisterial District Judge David Plummer who read him the charges filed by Wyoming County Chief Detective David Ide.
According to court records, Detective Ide was contacted by a 15-year-old student’s parent on Oct. 11 after she discovered that her tenth grader had been receiving sexually explicit messages and pornographic images from a male substitute teacher.
Ide’s investigation revealed that Migliori had a Snapchat account using the name, ‘Zach Miggs.’
According to the police complaint, Migliori would use Facebook to start up conversations sometimes with students’ accounts he recognized and from there send out messages which could get increasingly suggestive.
Two 17-year-old females also came forward.
One of the 17-year-olds said she gave Migliori her Snapchat account, “I don’t know why.”
Thinking the gesture harmless, she was shocked when she got a revealing picture, she told Ide. “Once it hit me that he’s a teacher and that’s what he did, I blocked him right after.”
The student told Ide she was so scared, freaked out and uncomfortable, she didn’t say anything to anyone.
When asked by Ide if he knew that one of the girls he was communicating with was a 15-year-old student where he substitute taught, according to the complaint, Migliori said he thought because she hung out with seniors, she was 18.
He told Ide he was disgusted with himself after finding out her age.
Migliori faces three felony counts of distributing obscene material and three felony charges of unlawful contact with minors; and three misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors and three misdemeanor counts of open lewdness.
At his arraignment, Judge Plummer set bail at $50,000, and initially unable to post it was sent to the county jail. His family later posted the bail.
His preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 18 before Judge Plummer.