San Jose Music Teacher Arrested for Sexual Exploitation of Student

A music school teacher was arrested in San Jose on Thursday for allegedly having sexual conversations with a 16-year-old female student, according to police.

Christopher Florio, 39, an instrumental music teacher at Harker Upper School as well as a conductor for the California Youth Symphony in Palo Alto, was arrested on suspicion of internet crimes against children, said the San Jose Police Department.

Officials said Florio had sexually inappropriate conversations with the teenage girl during school related functions and communiated with her through social media to "solicit sexually explicit images."

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Harker Upper School serves students from 9th to 12th grade. A spokesperson for the school told NBC Bay Area that Florio was fired last June when the administration learned of his alleged interaction with a student.

Florio taught at Harker from 2005 until his termination, according to the school.

"To our knowledge, the inappropriate interactions involved only one upper school student. We were notified today that he was arrested, and we will continue to cooperate with the ongoing police investigation," the South Bay school said.

The California Youth Symphony has not responded to a request for comment.

Florio was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail Friday night.

Officials ask anyone with informationregarding this incident or any other similar incidents are urged to contact Detective Chris Mendoza #3883 of the San Jose Police Department’s ICAC/CED Unit at (408) 537-1379.

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