Dunlap Superintendent weighs in on videotaping case

By Mark Bullion

March 21, 2013 Updated Mar 21, 2013 at 6:49 PM CDT

DUNLAP, Ill -- Following Tuesday's arrest of a Dunlap High School Teacher, the District Superintendent said any inappropriate situation is not taken lightly and student safety is his top priority.

This is the second incident in the District within seven months involving a teacher using recording devices inappropriately.

52 year old speech teacher Guy Sandy faces two felony counts of improper videotaping for allegedly using a cell phone to take photos of staff and students in the teacher's lounge restroom.

Superintendent Dr. Jay Marino wants to ensure parents and students that the staff is properly trained to handle these kinds of situations.

"All of our employees go through school code ethics training, including sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, mandatory reporting for child abuse, and these are now practices that are in place in Dunlap schools," said Dr. Marino.

Peoria County State's Attorney Jerry Brady said Sandy is facing felony charges. He said the investigation is ongoing, so exactly what level of felony is yet to be determined.

"The distinction is is that when there is videotaping of individuals under the age of 18, you elevate to a class 3 felony, and the sentencing is different obviously for a class 3 felony versus a class 4 felony," said Brady.

Sandy could face anywhere between one and five years in prison and probation. He is due back in court April 18th where he could be indicted by a grand jury before then.

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