POSTED: Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 12:00am
UPDATED: Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 12:04am
Phoenix (KPHO) — A judge has sentenced a Gilbert father, who created a fake porn site in the name of an assistant principal at his son's elementary school, to three months in jail and two years probation.
Robert Esparza said he created the site because he was angry the assistant principal had taken his son's iPod during a class at Gilbert Elementary School.
Esparza went online and created a fake profile on a pornographic website in the assistant principal's name, according to police.
It included pictures of the assistant principal from the school's website and some sexually explicit photos Esparza found on Craigslist. Court documents show Esparza also posted sexually explicit comments on the page and linked pornographic videos to the site.
Detective Dennis Ogorchock said Esparza used his work laptop to log on to the fake site as many as 25 different times and post.
Esparza was found guilty of computer tampering and identity theft for creating the site about a year ago.
Esparza's ploy was discovered when the assistant principal applied for a job in another district. The assistant principal was denied the job opportunity because a background check that included a Google search returned the website with the administrator's names connected to it.
Dr. Denise Birdwell of the Higley Unified School District said she knew her employee wouldn't do something like that and helped clear his name. He has since been hired as principal at another school in the Higley district.