Ex-principal gets prison for upskirt videos of young girls

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John Bean

(NEW YORK POST) – A former principal of a Connecticut high school – and a one-time teacher of the year – was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison for taking upskirt videos of young girls at a Walmart and a store that caters to preteens.

John Bean, 48, of West Hartford, also received 10 years of probation after pleading guilty in October to two felony counts of voyeurism following his arrest by Hartford police in September 2016. He must also register as a sex offender and have no unsupervised contact with children, the Hartford Courant reports.

Bean was arrested after Walmart employees, who initially thought he was preparing to steal something, realized that the principal of Wethersfield’s Highcrest Elementary School was “following children and attempting to surreptitiously photograph them, especially when they were not in the immediate vicinity of their parents,” according to a police report.

Bean had apparently been following girls between the ages of 6 and 8 and was spotted “attempting to raise his phone and point it at them in an inconspicuous manner,” police said.

When confronted by a Hartford police captain and Walmart security officers, Bean resisted arrest and refused to give his name or to provide the passcode to unlock his iPhone, which was then seized by police.

School officials later put Bean – a father of three who was once named teacher of the year in South Windsor – on paid administrative leave after his arrest. They also gave police permission to search Bean’s phone and laptop, which were owned by the school district.

A search of Bean’s laptop found 14 video files that appeared to show “female children being surreptitiously recorded in public places such as Walmart and Disney World,” according to the warrant.

“The female children are being recorded as they shop, and in one of the videos, the person taking the recording attempts to place the camera in between the child’s legs in order to obtain an ‘upskirt’ video,” the document continued.

The girl at Walmart did not appear to realize she was being recorded, according to the warrant.

A search of Bean’s iPhone revealed the video that was transferred to his laptop, as well as three other videos investigators considered to be voyeuristic. Two of the videos were taken at a Walmart in Hartford, while a fourth was shot in Manchester at a Five Below store, a discount chain that caters to young girls and preteens.

William Paetzold, Bean’s attorney, said his client’s conduct followed a psychotic break induced by stress, alcohol abuse and an existing mental health condition. Bean, who has since resigned his job and is in the process of a divorce, has also undergone extensive therapy.

“This event does not define John’s life,” Paetzold told a judge.

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2 comments

  1. The bastard has 3 children too.

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  2. lol you nasty old man. messay could yall just imagine if there were no laws against these sex predators especially those on little children. smdh

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