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MSA student charged with 'video voyeurism'

Deidre Cruse, Governmental Reporter

A 15-year-old student at the Iberville Math, Science and Arts Academy-West was charged Wednesday with video voyeurism after he allegedly took three photos of a classmate in the school's bathroom, Iberville Sheriff's Chief of Operations Aubrey St. Angelo said Friday.

An expulsion hearing for the student, not identified because he is under age 17, is scheduled for Monday (March 28), Chief Academic Officer Elvis J. Cavalier, who directs the MSA, said.

Cavalier said the student violated the school system's misuse of technology policy in taking the pictures with his cell phone in the bathroom on Tuesday.

“He's never been in any trouble this whole school year,” the academic officer said. “It's a very sad situation...We have to protect all children.”

St. Angelo said the victim told his mother of the incident after he learned the photos had been posted on Facebook; she filed a complaint with school authorities, who in turn reported it to the sheriff's office.

Investigators determined the victim had been photographed three times in the bathroom, the officer said.

“There was no indecent exposure, but the individual was entitled to his privacy,” St. Angelo said.

He said it was the first time in his memory that anyone in Iberville Parish has been charged with video voyeurism.

After the arrest, the student was released to the custody of his mother, pending a court date early this week, St. Angelo said.