A Tennessee school teacher was arrested on Monday after secretly recording over 40 elementary students undressing over the course of more than four years.
According to Metro Nashville police, Jarrett Jones was taken into custody on five counts of sexual exploitation of minors — two of which are especially aggravated — after a two week investigation by police.
Officials say the 30-year-old, who currently teaches music at Antioch High School, secretly videotaped elementary-age school girls changing clothes at Napier Elementary School, where he taught from 2011-2015.
Jones allegedly instructed the young girls who were involved in school plays or choir to change clothes in the music room’s closet, where a hidden camera was placed.
The investigation began after Jones joined Antioch High as the assistant band director at the beginning of this school year, and asked a fellow faculty member to help him with a computer problem.
After finding questionable items on the computer, the colleague tipped authorities — who executed a search warrant at Jones’ home where they found an external hard drive with incriminating evidence.
In a folder titled “Napier,” detectives found over 50 videos and over 1,000 sexually explicit images of minors that were downloaded from another source.
Police have identified most of the children in the videos, sending forensic interviewers and clinical therapists to the schools to speak with the students who were secretly recorded.
Jones was placed on administrative leave shortly after the investigation began. Metro schools Director Shawn Joseph said the suspect has not had contact with children since the allegations broke, saying:
“We commend our staff member for taking swift action when they saw something that they considered could be inappropriate, and they reported it as we trained them to do.”
Jones is being held on $100,000 bond and is expected to receive additional charges.
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