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Two Mechanicsburg men — one a Lower Dauphin HS teacher — charged with unlawful contact with a minor

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James Kalos and Paul Whitten

UPPER ALLEN TOWNSHIP — Two Mechanicsburg men — one a Lower Dauphin High School English teacher — were arrested for having unlawful contact with a minor, according to Upper Allen police.

James Kalos, 36, and Paul Whitten, 48, both of the first block of Second Street, had inappropriate contact with a child acquaintance under the age of 18, police say. A police investigation determined that Kalos sent the child explicit sexual photographs, and both Whitten and Kalos solicited photos of the child depicted in a prohibited sexual act.

Both men are charged with solicitation for child pornography, unlawful contact with minor, criminal use of communication facility, endangering welfare of children, and corruption of minors. Kalos faces an additional charge of obscene and other sexual materials and performances.

The men were taken into custody on Thursday and released on $25,000 bail.

Kalos has been an English teacher at Lower Dauphin High School since the 2008-09 school year, the school district confirmed.

In a statement to FOX43, the district said:

“Lower Dauphin School District was made aware of the allegations against Mr. James Kalos in his personal life in early January 2017. He was placed on administrative leave at that time, after an investigation.

It is the District’s understanding that the allegations against him do not involve Lower Dauphin students or his role as a Lower Dauphin employee.

Mr. Kalos will remain on leave. ¬†Should the criminal charges result in convictions, guilty pleas, or other findings that meet the standards contained within the Public School Code, or if Mr. Kalos loses his teaching Certificate, the District will take appropriate actions up to and including termination as required by law.”