Thea Digiammerino

Westport School Employee Charged With Stalking Student Placed on Leave

A maintenance worker at Staples High School in Westport worker is accused of recording videos of a female student multiple times without her knowledge and school officials said he is on paid administrative lead.

Police arrested 52-year-old Paul Telep Tuesday. According to police, on April 2 the school resource officer noticed that Telep appeared to be recording students, particularly one girl, on his cell phone. The officer confronted Telep and reported the situation to school officials, police said.

Investigators seized the phone and found seven videos of the same student on different occasions. The student told police she was not aware she was being recorded.

Telep turned himself in to police on Tuesday. He was charged with third-degree stalking and released on a $50,000 bond. He is due in court on May 16.

School officials said he has been on paid administrative leave, without prejudice, since April 2 and there is a personnel investigation. 

The director of human resources for Westport public schools said they have no further comment.

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