Bellingham teacher charged with recording student in bathroom

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BELLINGHAM, Mass. (WPRI/AP) — A Bellingham middle School Teacher is accused of secretly taking photos of a young boy in a bathroom.

Scott McDonald, 38, was arraigned in court Monday on two felony charges for possessing illicit images of a minor.

Mcdonald was placed on paid administrative leave on Nov. 9 after a student reported his suspicions to the school.

Police said a 14-year-old boy told a school resource officer earlier this month that when McDonald told him he could use the faculty bathroom, the boy found a box with a hole and a cellphone recording inside.

Bellingham Superintendent of Schools Peter Marano said McDonald was immediately removed from the classroom once the allegations were made. 

“As an educator and a parent I am absolutely appalled anytime a teacher violates the awesome trust and responsibility given to teachers by the parents of the children placed in our care on a daily basis,”  Marano said in a statement. “We will not tolerate any behavior by any member of the staff or faculty of our school district that violates that trust.”

McDonald was released following his arraignment on the condition he wears a gps monitor bracelet. He is also not allowed contact with anyone younger than 18 years old or have access to devices with a camera or internet.

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