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Aaron Lopez Saldana

Aaron Lopez Saldana

CROWN POINT — The state is still analyzing evidence in the case against a former Lake Ridge Middle School teacher's aide at the center of a child pornography investigation, a defense attorney said.

Aaron Lopez Saldana, 47, appeared in custody Thursday for a hearing before Lake Criminal Court Judge Samuel Cappas. 

Saldana's attorney, Philip King, said discovery in the case is ongoing and asked that another hearing be set in March.

Cappas scheduled the next hearing for March 28.

Saldana, a teacher's aide, photography club leader and coach, was charged Dec. 17 with with possession of child pornography, voyeurism and obstruction of justice on Monday after videos allegedly were discovered in his home. He has pleaded not guilty.

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Lake Ridge Schools fired Saldana, of Calumet Township, days after his arrest. He had been with the district for eight years and also was involved in after-care programs.

Saldana is accused of recording prepubescent and teenage boys without their knowledge as they showered or used the restroom at his home, according to a probable cause affidavit. In some videos uncovered, Saldana was pictured with young boys "in sexual positions," records state.

When police arrived at Saldana's home, they found burned photo paper and melted negatives in a grill, court records say.

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