Substitute teacher accused of recording student in Shaker High School bathroom

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LATHAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Colonie Police have arrested a substitute teacher for allegedly attempting to videotape a student under a restroom stall at Shaker High School on Tuesday.

Police say Jeffrey Wellman, 42, a Shaker High substitute teacher attempted to record a 17-year-old male student in the restroom by holding his cell phone under the stall divider. The student noticed the phone and said he also saw flashes, as though Wellman was attempting to snap photos.

According to police. the student grabbed a hold of Wellman’s pants and managed to get his own cellphone video of the man as he fled the bathroom and the school.

Staff at Shaker High School alerted the school resource officer to the incident and the Colonie Police Department Youth and Special Victims Unit and Computer Crimes Unit responded to the school. Police say they were able to identify Wellman using the victim’s cellphone video as well as school surveillance video. Investigators found Wellman at his home and placed him under arrest without incident. Police also took Wellman’s cell phone and laptop into evidence.

Wellman was charged with 2nd-degree unlawful surveillance, a felony, processed and released on an appearance ticket to appear back in court later this month.

Police say Wellman was placed as a substitute teacher at Shaker High School through the Capital Region Boces Substitute Coordination Service.

The North Colonie Central School District posted a statement on its website Wednesday stating that Wellman no longer works with the district. The district’s full statement follows below:

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, district officials were made aware of an alleged incident at Shaker High School involving cell phone use in a restroom. A student stated he was in a bathroom stall when he noticed the person in the next stall trying to videotape him with a cellphone held under the stall divider. The student also stated that he saw some flashes from the cellphone and believed them to be attempts at photos. The student immediately notified the school district administration who notified the district’s school resource officer, who is a member of the Colonie Police Department. After an investigation, the Colonie Police Department determined that a substitute teacher was responsible for the incident. The substitute teacher was subsequently arrested by Colonie police. The person is no longer working in the district. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Colonie Police Department at (518) 783-2744.

North Colonie Central School District

While there have not yet been any reports of other victims, police urge anyone who may have been victimized or has information to contact Colonie Police at 518-783-2744.

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