Police: Teacher recorded girls undressing

DeLand police arrest Joshua Waguespack on video voyeurism charges

Published On: Apr 27 2012 10:56:13 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 28 2012 12:13:46 AM EDT
Joshua Waguespack
DeLAND, Fla. -

A teacher at St. Peter Catholic School in DeLand was arrested Thursday on suspicion of hiding cameras in his classroom and capturing video of girls changing clothes.

Joshua Waguespack, 33, an eighth-grade teacher at the school, was arrested after he lost his iPad, which police said contained video and images of students, ages 12 and 13, at a Walmart in DeLand.

According to DeLand police, Waguespack called police on April 1 to report that he had lost his iPad. Using an iPhone application, Waguespack his iPad traced to a home in DeLand.

Police said the woman who had found the iPad tried to determine the owner and found "nude photos of children" on the computer tablet. Deputies said the nude photos were not thought to be students, but  "juvenile females ages 11-15."

Local 6 spoke to the woman's daughter, Stephanie Anderson, who said she was trying to unlock the iPad her mother found left behind in a shopping cart at Walmart to find the owner's information when she found nude photos and informed police.

"There was like seven pictures of one girl in her room in her bedroom, fully naked, exposing herself," said Anderson. "We're very upset, I went to St. Peters from kindergarten to eighth-grade and all my sisters did as well so we know the entire St. Peter's community."

Anderson said she confronted Waguespack when he came to her neighborhood looking for the iPad.

"I couldn't keep my mouth closed,  I said, 'Can you please explain to me why there was pictures of a underage girl, you know, doing things to herself,'" Anderson said.

Police said they are still investigating to determine who was in the pictures.

"It was actually good fortune, if you will, that this thing was found and it was discovered the way it was and brought to our attention," DeLand police Sgt. Chris Estes said. "We're going to put a stop to it."

Waguespack used his iPhone, which was connected to the tablet, to delete the photos on iPad, police said.

According to the police report, Waguespack told authorities he hid two to three pen cameras in the teacher's storage closet that students would use as a dressing room periodically. The images police found were of a 12 and 13-year-old student changing in the closet.

Waguespack then threw away the pen cameras he used in a dumpster at his apartment complex after being questioned at the police department, according to police.

An investigation also discovered that Waguespack also sent inappropriate text messages to a 16-year-old high-school student, according to police. Waguespack also told authorities that while working at Walmart in Orlando, he put a surveillance camera in a back room where he knew female employees would change their clothes and recorded it, according to the report.

Waguespack told police he was "very sorry for what he had done and he does not want to become a pedophile," according to the report.

Waguespack was arrested on two felony counts of video voyeurism, defendant over 24, victim under 16, and tampering with evidence. He is being held without bond.

According to Carol Brintati of the Diocese of Orlando, Waguespack was put on administrative leave when the school learned of the police investigation. On April 13 he was terminated, she said.

"All Diocesan background check procedures were followed in the hiring of Mr. Waguespack," Brinati said. "The safety and well being of our students are very important to us. Counselors will be at the school on Monday for those staff, parents or children who wish to speak to them. We pray for all those involved in the situation."

Waguespack was employed at the school since 2010 teaching middle school level advanced mathematics, according to Brinati.

Police said the investigation is ongoing in an attempt to identify more possible victims. Anyone with information is urged to call DeLand police.

[Read: Full police report]

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