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Bellingham teacher charged with recording student in bathroom to appear in court

A Bellingham middle school teacher charged with secretly recording a student in a bathroom will appear in court Monday.

Scott McDonald, 38, a teacher and baseball coach at Bellingham Memorial Middle School is set to be arraigned on felony charges for possessing illicit images of a minor. He was placed on paid administrative leave on Nov. 9 after the student reported the incident

Police say a 14-year-old boy told a school resource officer earlier this month that when McDonald told him he could use the faculty bathroom, the boy found a box with a hole and a cellphone recording inside.

Bellingham Superintendent of Schools Peter Marano said McDonald was immediately removed from the classroom once the allegation was made.

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“As an educator and a parent I am absolutely appalled anytime a teacher violates the awesome trust and responsibility given to teachers by the parents of the children placed in our care on a daily basis,” Marano said in a statement. “We will not tolerate any behavior by any member of the staff or faculty of our school district that violates that trust.