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Pleasant Valley School District staff under investigation

Jury says they recorded teachers in break room

CHESTNUTHILL TWP., Pa. - Two Pleasant Valley School District staff members are facing recommendations from a jury that include charges of wiretapping and conspiracy. 

The grand jury found reasonable grounds to believe Joshua Krebs, supervisor of support staff, and Alex Sterenchok, technology supervisor, violated Title 18 when the jury says they placed a recording device on top of a vending machine in the Pleasant Valley High School break room. 

According to the jury's presentment, members of the teaching staff discovered a web camera placed on top of a food vending machine in the faculty break room Apr. 6, 2016. The device was operating and recording audio and video at the time it was found.

The break room was designated by administration, which consisted of Joshua Krebs, as the location where 'private conversations were to occur by and between members of the teaching staff and others allowed to utilize the room.'

Once the device was found, teachers alerted the building representative who conducted a meeting that included Krebs.

Krebs admitted he placed the web camera in the room allegedly to catch a janitor abandoning his duties. He also said only he and Alex Sterenchok knew.

Krebs said he placed the device in the faculty break room Apr. 5 2016 and that it remained in operation throughout late afternoon Apr. 6.

Krebs said even though he had video of the janitor the night before, he continued to record during the school day. 

The jury's presentment states a meeting was held two days after the device was found, including about 35 people, in which Krebs admitted he installed the recording device and captured audio and video.

A review of purchasing documents of the school district showed an order for a recording device was submitted by Sterenchok on Feb. 9. The device ordered matches the camera found in the faculty break room, the jury states. 

Based on the information, the grand jury recommends Krebs and Sterenchok be charged with two counts of Title 18 Chapter 57, wiretapping electronic surveillance and conspiracy to commit the same.

Superintendent David Piperato tells 69 News the Pleasant Valley School District solicitor is reviewing the presentment. The district had no additional statements.

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