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Former Wisconsin teacher to plead guilty to filming undressed students

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – A former Wisconsin high school teacher accused of secretly filming undressed students during field visits to Wisconsin and Minnesota has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

David Kruchten, 38, of Cottage Grove, has agreed to plead guilty to one count of attempted production of child pornography, the Wisconsin State Journal reported on Friday. He faces at least six years in prison if U.S. District Judge James Peterson accepts the deal filed Thursday. A hearing is set for June 21.

Prosecutors allege Kruchten used his post as a business professor at Madison East High School to classify students during field trips using hidden cameras.

According to court documents, he accompanied students at the DECA East High Business Club on overnight trips to Wisconsin Dells and Lake Geneva as well as Minneapolis in 2019. Students discovered hidden cameras planted in air fresheners in their hotel rooms while traveling to Minneapolis. Investigators found cans of similar air freshener in photos taken by students on trips to Wisconsin.

Kruchten was charged last year with several counts of attempted production of child pornography. He resigned from his teaching post in February 2020.

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