More details have emerged in the case of Stephen Joseph Bera, the former Onslow County Public Schools teacher accused of secretly recording students undressing in his classroom.
WITN obtained documents showing that “police learned of the hidden camera when on the evening of April 28th, Bera was on a Microsoft Teams classroom session with two students and their guardians.”
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According to documents obtained by WITN News, police learned of the hidden camera when on the evening of April 28th, Bera was on a Microsoft Teams classroom session with two students and their guardians.
The document says people in the virtual meeting observed Bera “unbuckling his belt and unzipping his pants” after he projected explicit videos of young girls in his class. It says the teacher was then seen in what appeared to be engaged in a “self-pleasing activity”.
Apparently, Bera didn’t realize his laptop camera was live and that other people could see what he was doing at this time.
The activity was reported by the school’s principal to the school system’s chief technical officer who then remotely logged in to Bera’s school-issued laptop and got a copy of the live-streamed Teams meeting, which he gave to the police.
Onslow school officials also indicated that Bera appeared at a Jacksonville High School event last week, even though they told him to stay away from their schools, according to WITN.
Stephen Joseph Bera, age 46, was taken into custody by the Jacksonville Police Department in the early morning of April 29 and was initially charged with Secretly using or Installing a Photography Device with the Intent to capture the image of another without their Consent; NCGS 14-202(f).
Bera was issued a $25,000 secured bond and was released from the Onslow County jail the same morning. His charges have been amended to 10 counts of using or installing a photographic image and 10 counts of possessing photographic images from peeping.