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Perverted Texas teacher accused of recording female students high school girls’ changing room

March 12, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Perverted Texas teacher accused of recording female students high school girls’ changing room

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A high school teacher in North Texas may be facing significant prison time if convicted of secretly recording female students without their consent in “various stages of undress.”

On Thursday, George Edwin Thomas III, a science teacher at R.L. Turner High School in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District, was arrested by police. He was charged with six counts of felony invasive recording.

The 54-year-old is accused of playing Peeping Tom with hidden cameras that recorded female students while they changed into uniforms during the 2015-2016 school year. Investigators identified six teens girls on the footage thus far.

According to the Dallas Morning News, the accusations surfaced after Thomas’ girlfriend found a random thumb drive on the floor of the apartment the couple shared.

The incidents took place at RL Turner High School in Carrollton during the 2015-2016 school year and involved at least a half-dozen students

The unnamed woman and a friend looked through the files and discovered “multiple video recordings of teenage girls disrobing in a closet,” the arrest warrant revealed.

The police report also indicated that the thumb drive had “recordings that appeared to be at a teacher’s desk with female students called to the desk.”

Carrollton police records state Thomas “admitted that he recorded videos on his phone, but the recordings were of activities for the students to watch and learn.”

Thomas was placed on administrative leave, and the school district launched an investigation. Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD officials published a statement saying that they first learned of the “allegations of inappropriate conduct” against Thomas on February 22nd.

Thomas remained in custody at the Carrollton City Jail on Thursday, and his bail has not yet been established. A news release issued by the Carrollton Police described invasive visual recording as a violation of Texas Penal Code, Section 21.15 (a)(2)(b), which outlines the criteria of the crime.

The case began unfolding in February after Thomas’ girlfriend found a thumb drive in their home containing videos showing half-naked high school girls. The Facebook photo above shows Thomas with an unnamed woman

A related sexually inappropriate incident happened in Houston when area choir teacher Clarence Appleby III was charged with secretly recording a 17-year-old female student in a Katy ISD high school changing room. In October, Appleby was arrested on one count of felony improper photography. He posted bond out of the Harris County Jail. He was fired soon after.

Thomas’ arrest occurred after the state Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 7 on Wednesday. The bill, written by Senator Paul Bettencourt, intends to crack down on an eight-year wave of rampant, reckless behavior in Texas classrooms.

Recently, Bettencourt described the epidemic of teachers sexually preying on children as a statewide “plague.”

A number of the bill’s points involve expanding the authority of the Texas Education Agency (TEA), criminalizing the failure of school administrators to report educator sexual misconduct, and revoking teaching credentials from teachers even when they receive deferred adjudication for improper relationships or other related crimes that require sex offender registration.

The bill also forbids school districts from allowing teachers accused of sexual misconduct from getting rehired in other districts.

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