Fort Zumwalt makes changes to Outdoor Education Program

10:22 AM, Aug 20, 2012   |    comments
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Lincoln County, Mo (KSDK) -- A Fort Zumwalt teacher accused of videotaping students in the district's Outdoor Education Program did not commit any criminal activity, beyond videotaping students, according to a new letter the district superintendent sent to parents.

Matt Hansen, 38, was a seventh grade math teacher at Fort Zumwalt West Middle School and had been employed with the school district since 2004.

Hansen was placed on administrative leave earlier this month when the district learned he had been charged with felony possession of child pornography.

Superintendent Dr. Bernard DuBray said Hansen videotaped students in the education program.  The three camps involved over a several year period were those of Lewis and Clark, Progress South, and Dardenne Elementary Schools. The detectives identified as many of these students in the videos as possible and contacted parents of the students.

Superintendent DuBray said a detective told her on August 13 that the videotapes had not been shared with other parties.

Hansen resigned from the district.

The first education program of the new school year will be the week of September 17.  Lincoln County authorities plan to check each cabin and students will be restricted to the bunk bed areas only.

Deputy Patty Corum and Dr. DuBray plan to attend meetings with parents prior to the start of the program to address their concerns.


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