Phoenix police said Friday they plan to submit a case involving a former Arcadia High School photography teacher to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for prosecutors to consider charges against him for displaying pornographic images in class.
Forrest Martin, 62, who taught at the school for about five years, could face charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and providing obscene materials to a minor, according to Sgt. Tommy Thompson.
The incident remains under investigation, and Martin resigned from his teaching job on Wednesday, two days after the incident, said Jeff Thomas, director of human resources for the Scottsdale Unified School District.
Martin's "culpable mental state" at the time he was viewing the pornography in the classroom will have to be determined when considering charges, Thompson said.
"By determining his mental state, that will help define his intent," Thompson said. "Did the individual know he was doing this, or was he recklessly doing this?"
Students in Martin's photography class complained to school administrators after pornography on Martin's personal laptop computer transferred images to the classroom projector.
Martin told authorities he was unaware his computer was hooked up to the projector, which displayed the images on an overhead screen, police said.
About 13 students viewed the inappropriate images for "several minutes," according to police and a letter the school sent home with students to inform parents of the incident.
Martin had been placed on paid administrative leave Monday, but Thomas made it clear on Thursday that Martin will not be returning to the classroom.
Efforts are under way to replace the teacher so the class can continue, school officials said.
Arcadia, at 4703 E. Indian School Road, is in east Phoenix but is in the Scottsdale school district.