Pattonville Teacher Accused of Videotaping Students
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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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