EVANSVILLE, Ind. - A former southern Indiana teacher facing voyeurism charges had secretly recorded video footage of 16 female students stored on his computer, authorities said.
Andrew Emmons, 31, was arrested Friday after a warrant was issued following a four-month investigation. He faces a total of 26 charges -- 16 counts of child exploitation, a class C felony, and 10 counts of voyeurism, a class D felony. Warrick County Prosecutor JoAnn Krantz filed the charges on Jan. 30.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Emmons secretly recorded 13- and 14-year-old female students, other female faculty members and his wife and her female family members.
According to the affidavit, a total of nine adult women are shown on footage from recording devices Emmons is believed to have set up.
Emmons was originally arrested in September after a female faculty member discovered a recording device in a staff bathroom at the school, police said. Emmons resigned from his teaching post in October. Warrick County Superintendent Brad Schneider said at that time of his resignation the school district was in the process of firing him.
In all, 16 students were reportedly shown in video footage recovered from Emmons’ computer, according to the affidavit. Boonville Police Department Detective Jared Whitney wrote in that affidavit that investigators met with all the families of the students shown in the footage during a three-day period in October.
The footage of the students included them changing clothes, according to the affidavit. Emmons told investigators that on two different occasions, he set up a camera in the locker room to tape the students, who are all part of the same school athletic team, according to the affidavit.
Emmons appeared in Warrick County Superior Court on Monday, but did not enter an official plea. Emmons is currently being held in lieu of a $14,400 surety bond at the Warrick County Jail. His attorney, Anthony Long, said that he is arranging for Emmons to be released Tuesday morning. Emmons’ next scheduled hearing is on Feb. 20, Long said.
Schneider said school officials have been focused on helping the reported victims and is committed to ensuring a safe environment for both students and faculty.
“As a school and a school corporation, we’re trying to work through it, making sure that we take care of our students and the employees that were the victims of this crime. Obviously, it’s a difficult situation, especially with students being involved,” Schneider said.
Investigators believe Emmons set up in another recording device in the bathroom at his mother-in-law’s house. It captured images of his wife and two of her female relatives, according to the affidavit. Emmons’ wife is also a teacher at Boonville Middle School and was shown in footage reportedly taken at school, according to the affidavit, which also said that five other female faculty members and a female coach were also shown on the video seized from Emmons.
According to the affidavit, the recording device that was first discovered by the female faculty member was found in a shampoo bottle in the shower. According to investigators, it was recording at the time it was found. Footage from that device included video that reportedly showed Emmons setting up the device.