Los Angeles Times

Teacher accused of recording kids

- By Grace Toohey

A 37-year-old teacher at Beckman High School was arrested Monday after police said he hid recording devices in one of the school’s bathrooms.

Siu Kong Sit is accused of putting the recording instrument­s in an all-gender restroom near the school’s pool, which detectives said captured “several” people inside the restroom, according to a news release from the Irvine Police Department.

A contracted maintenanc­e worker found the hidden devices in the bathroom and turned them over to administra­tive staff, who then alerted police, the release said.

The statement from police did not say how detectives determined who planted the recording devices but said their investigat­ion determined it was Sit.

Sit, a Santa Ana resident, was arrested at the school Monday and booked at Orange County Jail on suspicion of possession or manufactur­ing of child pornograph­y, burglary and two other misdemeano­r charges, police said. He is being held on $20,000 bail, according to jail records.

Detectives are working to locate additional victims, the release said.

Sit was a math teacher at Beckman High, according to the school’s website, which is part of the Tustin Unified School District. A spokespers­on for the district did not respond to a request for comment.

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