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Texas choir teacher Clarence Appleby III, accused of secretly filming female student naked

October 11, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas choir teacher Clarence Appleby III, accused of secretly filming female student naked

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Police say Clarence Appleby III, a high school choir teacher in Texas is facing up to two years behind bars if convicted on a felony charge that he reportedly tried to secretly record a naked female student in a campus dressing room.

According to ABC13, Clarence Appleby III, who worked as the Mayde High School Associate Choir Director, arrived in a courtroom in Harris County on Monday morning after a 17-year-old student and her mother accused him of placing a camera in the dressing room.

The student informed authorities that the teacher told her to try on three choir robes in the storage closet that he made into a changing room. He also reportedly told her that she had to “take off her bra and panties to make sure it fit correctly.”

Prosecutors argued that Appleby covertly taped the teenager after ordering her to strip naked to put on the robes. The teen reportedly asked to change in the restroom, but the teacher told her to use the closet instead.

Prosecutor Angela Weltin said that the man “instructed her that there were several sizes and to make sure she tried them all on” and to remove all of her undergarments “to show no lines in the gown.” Weltin noted that the victim was in the middle of trying on her third dress when she saw a box, inside of which was a video camera.

Additionally, Prosecutors maintained that the teen called her mother to ask for her advice regarding the situation. Her mother told her to take the camera, and Appleby realized that the camera and box were gone.

Prosecutors also noted that he confronted her and she eventually gave him back the camera. Soon after, the two plugged the memory card into a computer at the school where the student declared she saw herself naked on the footage. The prosecution asserted that Appleby told the student to delete the video, and she complied.

The teacher was in his “fifth year of teaching vocal music to young adults” and his “third year as the Associate Choir Director,” the school’s website indicated, which has since removed the teacher’s biography.

Katy ISD campus police arrested Clarence Appleby III, Friday on charges of felony improper photography. He posted $30,000 bail, and the school district soon fired him.

When he made his initial court appearance on October 7th, Appleby did so without a lawyer. His wife, who is also a choir teacher at a different school, went with him. His next court date is scheduled for November 8th. If he is found guilty, he may face between six months to two years behind bars,

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