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A former photography teacher at Cyprus High School has been charged with watching pornography in his classroom.

Douglas M. Lind, 55, was charged earlier this month in 3rd District Court with one count of accessing pornograpahic or indecent material on school property, a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.

Charges state that on Jan. 20, a school counselor stopped by Lind's classroom to talk to him.

The counselor noticed the door was locked.

When Lind noticed him and opened the door, the counselor said he heard "inappropriate noises" coming from the area of Lind's desk, according to charging documents. Lind walked over to his desk and silenced the noise, the counselor told police.

Lind was immediately placed on administrative leave, according to Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley, and he resigned on March 25..

Meanwhile, a Granite School District police detective made arrangements to have Lind's cell phone and a micro SD memory card taken to a forensic computer lab, where they began to extract data, charges state.

At some point, Lind admitted to police that he had downloaded pornographic images from a website onto his cell phone and SD card, charges state.

Horsley stressed that Lind did not use the school's Internet to download the porn onto his phone.

Lind, who had been with the high school for 21 years, had been the school's audio-visual specialist, Horsley said. Most recently, Lind had been teaching photography, Horsley said.

Lind surrendered to the court on April 19 and was released to Pre-trial Services, court records show.

A scheduling hearing is set for May 6.