Former C. Bluffs teacher sentenced to sex offender treatment program

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November 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A former Council Bluffs/Lewis Central High School Spanish teacher received a 5-year suspended prison sentence and was ordered undergo a sex offender treatment program at a residential treatment center. According to Omaha television station KETV, 30-year old Daniel Pantoja was also ordered to serve a two-year term of unsupervised probation, for sending inappropriate text messages to a female student.

A female student told authorities that Pantoja sent her a picture of a nude man whose genitals were covered. She says he also asked the girl to send him a picture of her wearing shorts and a sports bra.  Pantoja resigned from his teaching job when confronted with the evidence. Authorities said the student eventually agreed to send Pantoja a photo of herself in exchange for a better grade in the class.

Pantoja turned himself in to authorities in February.