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Special education teacher accused of attempting to record girls undressing

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Posted at 12:02 AM, Feb 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-14 06:11:55-05
Baltimore County police are investigating a special education teacher, charged with voyeurism, after allegedly leaving a cell phone recording in a room while girls changed clothes.
 
Police continue to investigate the allegations at Milford Mill Academy where Christopher Clark, 46, has been a teacher for eight years.
 
"These kids have a hard battle in front of them just being a kid, and for somebody to take that away from them, that's bad," said Al Johnson, a parent who was waiting to pick up his child from school.
 
Police said on Jan. 23 a girl noticed the phone recording before she began to undress. She reported it to staff and they reported it to police.
 
It happened in a classroom, according to police. 
 
Melanie Burns has a 17-year-old daughter who attends the school. Burns teaches special education in a neighboring jurisdiction.
 
"We're all a family because we're here to teach the kids and we're not supposed to anything else, other than that," Burns said.
 

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A police spokesperson said detectives believed the incident wasn't the first time Clark left his cell phone recording in an area where girls have gotten undressed.
 
"The administration only knew about the second incident, which was then reported to police," said officer Jennifer Peach, a police spokesperson.
 
Peach said the incident presents a good opportunity for parents to talk to their children about their own plans should they encounter something similar.
 
"The best thing to do is contact a teacher so we can get started in contacting police," Peach said.
 
Clark was given a criminal summons as a result of the police investigation and told to appear in court in April.
 
He was charged with prurient intent.
 
The Baltimore County Public School district issued a statement which said:
 
"The safety of our more than 112,000 students is the top priority for Baltimore County Public Schools. Once Milford Mill Academy administrators became aware of the alleged incident they took immediate and appropriate action. We continue to work with law enforcement and because this is an ongoing investigation and personnel matter we cannot provide any additional comment."
  
Clark's name still appears on the school's website. Clark declined comment at his home Monday.
 
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