(KMOV)-- A Pattonville High School teacher was charged for allegedly videotaping female students in the hallways and during class without the girls' permission.
Matthew Johnson, 33, of the 8900 block of General Grant Lane in St. Louis was charged with second degree invasion of privacy.
Authorities said Johnson was allegedly videotaping female students at the highs chool without their knowledge.
As soon as Pattonville School District administrators became aware of Johnson’s alleged actions, they immediately contacted the Maryland Heights Police Department.T
Johnson was immediately removed and since resigned. He was a social studies teacher.
Bond was set at $50,000 cash.
Below is the letter that was sent out to parents:
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. Based on our investigation, there is no evidence the videos were shared electronically or in any other form nor was there inappropriate physical contact. Specific students who were impacted by this situation and their parents have been contacted. The staff member involved was immediately removed and has since resigned. We have notified the Maryland Heights police, and they are also investigating.
The safety of your children is our first and most important priority. We work diligently to provide your children with safe and caring environments in which to learn and grow. 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.
Michael A. Fulton, E.D.
Superintendent of Schools