SAN JOSE — A private elementary schoolteacher accused of secretly recording people in the bathroom of his home was charged Wednesday with three misdemeanors, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.
Authorities say the arrest Thursday of 31-year-old Andrew Donahue of Campbell was not related to his role as a teacher at Challenger School in San Jose. Donahue has been charged with three counts of taking photographs or filming someone who is in a bathroom or in a state of privacy, according to prosecutor Luis Ramos.
One of the alleged victims is a juvenile, according to authorities.
“He set up a camera in the bathroom and was keeping videotapes,” prosecutor Luis Ramos said. “It all happened in his home. There doesn’t appear to be any evidence he was doing anything at work.”
Upon learning of the arrest, Challenger School officials removed Donahue from the classroom.
“Challenger takes child safety very seriously,” according to Matt Cooper, general counsel for Challenger Schools. “We were on spring break when we received notification of Mr. Donahue’s arrest. We placed him on unpaid leave immediately. We are gathering facts and will make an appropriate employment decision.”
Cooper said the school also provided details about Donahue’s arrests to parents of his students. Donahue was a “relatively new” teacher and had been working in his class since the beginning of the year.
Donahue was arrested Thursday by Campbell police, who received information about the secret recordings, according to Capt. Gary Berg. San Jose police and the regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force helped with the arrest.
If convicted as charged, Donahue faces up to 18 months in jail, Ramos said.
Donahue, who is scheduled to be arraigned June 7, could not immediately be reached for comment.