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Colonie Police: Substitute teacher tried to video Shaker student in school bathroom

Colonie Police: Substitute teacher tried to video Shaker student in school bathroom

He faces one felony count of unlawful surveillance, police say
Colonie Police: Substitute teacher tried to video Shaker student in school bathroom
Jeffrey T. Wellman
Photographer: Colonie Police (inset) File Photo (background)

COLONIE - A substitute teacher at Shaker High School in Colonie has been arrested, accused of attempting to videotape a student in a school restroom, police said.

The substitute teacher, identified as Jeffrey T. Wellman, 42, of Albany, now faces one count of second-degree unlawful surveillance, a felony, police said.

The investigation began Tuesday as school staff called police after learning of the incident, police said.

The incident involved a 17-year-old who reported seeing the person in the stall next to him trying to videotape him with a cellphone held under the divider, police said.

The victim also saw some flashes from the cell phone and believed them to be attempts to take photos, police said.

"The victim tried to grab the defendant's pants and was able to get his own cell phone video of the suspect when he broke free and fled the bathroom and ultimately fled the school," police wrote in a release.

Police used the victim's video and school surveillance to identify the suspect as Wellman, police said.

Police soon arrested Wellman at home without incident. His cell phone and laptop were also taken as evidence and are to be forensically examined by the state police.

Wellman had been placed at Shaker through Capital Region BOCES Substitute Coordination Service, police said.

In a statement Wednesday, BOCES indicated Wellman had been employed with them since February 2015 and, as a result of his arrest, he was terminated. 

Wellman was processed and released on an appearance ticket to appear in court later.

Police had no indication of other victims, but indicated that due to the nature of the charge and Wellman's profession, anyone who may have been victimized or who has information about Wellman is asked to contact Colonie police at 518-783-2744.

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