Pattonville Teacher Accused of Videotaping Students

Justin Wingerter

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A social studies teacher with the POSITIVE School program at Pattonville High School has been charged following allegations that he secretly videotaped female students.

34-year-old Matthew Johnson of south St. Louis County was charged Friday with second-degree invasion of privacy following his arrest Thursday. He is being held on $50,000 bond.

Sources say Johnson used a hand-held camera to film fully-clothed students in the hallways and classrooms.

“Recently we became aware of a situation at the POSITIVE School (a part of Pattonville High School) in which a staff member videotaped female students while class was in session and in the hallways during passing time without their knowledge,” the district said in a note to parents. “Based on our investigation, there is no evidence the videos were shared electronically or in any other form nor was there inappropriate physical contact.”

The letter goes on to state that the faculty member – Johnson’s name is not mentioned – has since resigned and that the matter is being investigated by police.

“The conduct of one individual does not reflect on the professionalism and dedication of the adults who work on our children’s behalf. Please be assured that we will continue to do whatever is necessary to protect the welfare of every child entrusted to our care.”

The letter is signed by Pattonville Superintendent Michael Fulton.

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One Comment

  1. Aaron Miller says:

    I had Mr.Johnson as a teacher, He is a great man. He is funny, he was hard not to like a very laid back person. He may have had a few things not straight but dont we all? Mr.Johnson has made a mistake but my respect for him hasn’t changed. And I think that most of the Positive School students would agree. FREE JOHNSON!!!

    1. Chad Colbert says:

      Free Johnson!

  2. Maxwell Sitou Agbakpem says:

    Free Johnson

  3. Ashley Pearson says:

    I will say that even though im not in Positive School, but my boyfriend is, I think the man should be free. Just because he did something like this, is yes, wrong, but that doesnt change somebody. From what my boyfriend says he is a great person. Free Johnson!

  4. shelby says:

    Free Mr.J he was a great guy. the news makes him sound like a horrible person…if it was that bad dont u think the parents would be pressing charges??? exactly. not a big deal at all.

  5. S says:

    I LOVE YOU MR.JOHNSON

  6. Danny Wait says:

    As a 2 year student in POZ i have to say mr.johnson was the best teacher i ever had. and the best teacher pattonville ever had. he wasnt just a teacher to us. If you needed something he would be their for you. He sould not go to jail. it is not a big deal at all. FREE JOHNSON

  7. Danny Wait says:

    Mr.johnson YOU WERE THEIR FOR US WHEN WE NEEDED U NOW WERE HERE FOR U BROTHER 100%. IM NOT GUNNA LET THIS EFFECT THE WAY I THINK OF U YOUR STILL MY FRIEND MAN

    FREE JOHNSON

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