SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — Police in Sun Prairie arrested a Prairie View Middle School teacher who they said used electronic devices to record students in the bathroom.
In a news release Friday night, the Sun Prairie Police Department said it learned of “potentially inappropriate behavior involving a staff member” at the middle school on the city’s west side. They later determined the teacher, 34-year-old Matthew E. Quaglieri, recorded students in the bathroom “over a period of time” and arrested him for possession of child pornography.
Online records show Quaglieri was booked in the Dane County Jail Friday night.
In an email to parents and staff members sent around 9:45 p.m. Friday, the Sun Prairie Area School District said the investigation “was prompted after a male student reported feeling uncomfortable and may have been recorded in a restroom at Prairie View.”
Quaglieri has been suspended amid the investigation, the district said.
Earlier in the afternoon, parents and staff members at the middle school received an email about a police presence there during the school day.
“Our administrators assisted the Sun Prairie Police Department with an investigation into the actions of a staff member. The staff member no longer has access to school district facilities and resources,” that email, sent at 3:45 p.m., read.
Investigators are still processing evidence in the case and working to determine the identities of any additional victims, police said, adding the district is cooperating fully with their investigation.
Police did not say how many students may be victims or over how long a period of time the incidents happened.
Police are asking anyone with information or who believes their child may be a victim to call them at 608-837-7336 or 608-837-6300.
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