Teacher May Have Secretly Videotaped Undressing Fifth Graders

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Fort Zumwalt West Middle School teacher Matt Hansen was arrested by a police cybercrimes unit June 3 in Iowa when he threatened to jump off a cellphone tower. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports new revelations have been brought forth by the superintendent of Fort Zumwalt's school district.

* A letter to parents explains around 80 male students were changing clothes during an overnight campout. Hansen allegedly secretly videotaped the students undressing.

* Hansen, 38, was originally arrested for supposedly having child porn image on his computer. The video evidence was discovered later.

* A separate note will be sent to parents once individual students are identified from the video recording.

* The Post-Dispatch states Hansen is on administrative leave. He has been teaching middle school in the St. Charles County, Mo., district since 2004 as a math teacher of seventh graders.

* After Hansen's arrest in Iowa, he was extradited to Missouri five days later.

* In the letter, Superintendent Bernard DuBray states Hansen assisted with the Fifth Grade Outdoor Education Program. DuBray has not seen the video and it will remain in possession of police.

* The letter states the students didn't know they were being recorded. There is no evidence Hansen did nothing more than video the boys.

* Hansen assisted with the outdoor program at three elementary schools: Progress South, Lewis and Clark and Dardenne.

* Hansen's employment with the school will be determined by the board of education.

* An affidavit in Iowa stated Hansen made around $40,000 teaching, the Ottumwa Courier reported. It is believed he became distraught after losing his job, which is why the Iowa court appointed a public defender for Hansen.

William Browning, a lifelong Missouri resident, writes about local and state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Born in St. Louis, Browning earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri. He currently resides in Branson.

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