An former Ohio high school teacher has been arrested by federal authorities after being accused of taking tens of thousands of explicit videos of female high school students, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Justin Foley, a former chemistry teacher at Columbus Alternative High School, has been federally charged with sexually exploiting minors and distributing, receiving, and possessing child pornography, according to the DOJ.
Foley allegedly hid his cell phone and other cameras in the school and dressing rooms to take photos of female genitalia.
Investigators found tens of thousands of videos recorded in the school, a local department store, dressing rooms, and other public areas in Delaware, Ohio, the DOJ stated.
The videos allegedly found on Foley’s email accounts appear to be taken without any of the subject’s knowledge.
The Delaware Police Department has been investigating Foley since August when they received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the DOJ reported. Foley said some of the videos were taken in classrooms and hallways of the Columbus Alternative High School.
Foley resigned from the district on Oct. 3 and was suspended without pay from the district in September, according to ABC 6 News.
The Delaware Police Department arrested Foley in September and charged him locally.
“Educator misconduct of any kind will not be tolerated in Columbus City Schools,” the district said in a statement to ABC 6 News. “Foley’s actions constitute conduct unbecoming under the Ohio Department of Education Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educators and the Columbus City Schools Certificated Staff Code of Conduct.”
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