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Judge upholds most bail conditions for Daniel Lozada, teacher accused of emailing nude photo to student

Lozada, 33, of 13 Northampton St., Apt. H, Easthampton, pleaded not guilty Monday in Northampton District Court to a single count of disseminating obscene material to a minor. He is accused of sending a nude photo of himself to a 17-year-old female student at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School, where he taught dance until being put on administrative leave after his arrest Friday.

Hampshire Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup upheld a condition that Lozada have no contact with anyone under 18, though she threw out a requirement that he give authorities access and provide passwords to all electronics with Internet connections.

At Lozada’s arraignment Monday, Judge W. Michael Goggins ordered Lozada released on $250 cash bail under conditions that he not have any contact with children under 18.

Lozada’s attorney, David Mintz of Northampton, appealed, saying the conditions violated his client’s right to a presumption of innocence, and would prevent him from earning a living while the case is pending.

“Dancing and teaching is his life,” Mintz said in court.

Rup kept most of the conditions in place, saying they were appropriate under the circumstances.

Mintz asked Rup to allow Lozada to have supervised contact, which would allow him to continue teaching.

Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Linda Pisano argued against that, saying limiting interactions with young people is appropriate. She said about two weeks before his arrest, Lozada was questioned by police amid accusations that he met a 16-year-old girl in downtown, took her driving and kissed her. She also said Lozada’s girlfriend aired concerns about his fascination with “little girls.”

Mintz said such allegations outside of the case painted an unfair portrait of his client.

“(Pisano) is plowing this young man under the bus,” Mintz said, “portraying him as a serial predator is just flat-out wrong.”

Lozada also taught dance at three other facilities in the area, at least one of which formally dissolved its relationship with Lozada following his arrest.

He is due back in district court Jan. 10 for a pre-trial conference.

Legacy Comments3

Nathan, he admitted he did it. This is a follow up article.

Daniel Lozada was a Hip-Hop teacher for the Prisms Classroom last year and even before then. I was new to Hilltown last year, but when I had Hip-Hop class with him, i enjoyed it because Daniel showed passion and would always help us if we were stuck. I think that Daniel is a great man and would never do such a thing.

You understandably feel loyal to a teacher that made you feel welcome at the Hilltown Charter school, but life is complicated and good people sometimes make bad choices or do bad things. The fact that you had a good experience with Daniel Lozada does not mean that he is incapable of doing something wrong or illegal. The charges against him are very serious. You don't have access to the evidence so rather than make a blind claim that "he would never do such a thing," it's important to wait until all of the evidence is in and the judicial system has done its job. Apparently, a female student had a very different experience with Daniel Lozada.

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