Wilson had apparently used his phone to take pictures of his classroom in an attempt to show students how messy they were leaving it

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A Heritage High teacher is on paid administrative leave after showing, apparently accidentally, a nude picture to students.

Brevard Public Schools is conducting an internal investigation into the incident last week, when students saw teacher Damian Wilson display an inappropriate photo on his phone.

Wilson declined to comment.

The investigation is ongoing, but School District spokeswoman Michelle Irwin said that the incident is believed to be an accident.

Wilson had apparently used his phone to take pictures of his classroom in an attempt to show students how messy they were leaving it, she said. He flipped through the photos in front of students and scrolled too far, displaying one of male nudity.

Irwin could not confirm whether the picture was of the teacher.

Wilson was placed on paid leave March 11, which is typical in a school district investigation.

Local police are not involved.

Wilson teaches government and history at Heritage High in Palm Bay. Previously, he taught at Palm Bay High.

Before joining the school district in 2006, Wilson worked in government and state politics, including a stint as former Rep. Mitch Needelman's senior legislative assistant.

He's also served on various West Melbourne boards, such as planning and zoning. He unsuccessfully ran for city council in 2008.

"Mr. Wilson does an outstanding job in working to make sure our students receive a superb, all-around education," according to his 2009-10 job evaluation.

In 2008, Wilson received a letter of reprimand for not seeking approval before signing a fundraising agreement for the law academy.

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