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Police: Maryland teacher videotaped foreign exchange student as she showered

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POTOMAC, Md. - A Maryland teacher is facing charges after he allegedly made illicit videos of a foreign exchange student who had been living with his family. 

Investigators say 39-year-old Darrien Tucker, who teaches physical education at the McLean School of Maryland in Potomac, was arrested Tuesday after the 18-year-old student went to police on Monday and showed them videos she had made.  Police say they show Tucker trying to record her in the bathroom.

Tucker is charged with five counts of visual surveillance with prurient intent. He is currently out on bond.

The woman told police that while she was showering on May 27 and 28, she notice an iPad had been slid under the bathroom door.  That's when she says she started bringing her phone into the bathroom to record what happened as she showered.  Montgomery County police say the victim's phone recorded the iPad being slid under the door on the two days that followed, and on May 31, the victim put a video camera in the hallway outside the bathroom door.  They say that video camera caught Tucker putting the recording device under the door as she showered.

When interviewed by police, Tucker admitted to putting the iPad under the bathroom door and taping the victim.  Police say there is no indication that Tucker engaged in similar behavior outside his home. 

Tucker has also served as a football coach at Walt Whitman High School.  According to their school's website, he attended Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC and graduated in 1999.  The website says he played starting cornerback all four years, and was ranked third nationally in punt returns.  The website also says Tucker is married with three daughters and two step-daughters.

The McLean School released the following statement about Tucker's arrest on Wednesday:

"McLean School has been notified by the Montgomery County Police that allegations of misconduct have been filed against a current school employee.

The police confirmed that the allegations of misconduct did not involve a student of McLean and did not occur on the McLean campus.  

According to the police, the allegations where raised by a student who attends another independent school in the area.  

The employee has been placed on a leave of absence and instructed not to return to campus, participate in or attend school functions or activities, or to make contact with any McLean student.  

While employed at McLean, the School received no complaints of misconduct of this nature against the employee.

The School conducts a careful and complete vetting of all individuals applying for employment.  The employee passed the comprehensive vetting process prior to being hired by the School.


The School intends to cooperate fully with the Montgomery County Police.

While we will monitor the progress of this matter, we are focused on our mission, and supporting a positive and secure learning environment for our students."


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