MMSD teacher accused of using hidden cameras on trip resigns

David Kruchten (Source: Dane Co. Sheriff's Office)
David Kruchten (Source: Dane Co. Sheriff's Office)(NBC15)
Published: Feb. 28, 2020 at 3:50 PM CST
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The Madison Metropolitan School District announced a high school teacher has officially resigned amid allegations that he used hidden cameras on a trip.

David Kruchten, the former Madison East High School teacher and DECA advisor, is accused of placing three recording devices into female students’ hotel rooms during a Minneapolis field trip,


Minneapolis detectives said the devices were found on Dec. 8

Interim Superintendent Jane Belmore sent a letter to Madison East High School families on Friday stating after MMSD recently said it would begin an internal investigation into the incident, Kruchten decided to resign, effective immediately.

Following his resignation, the internal administrative review into his conduct was closed.

“We take seriously our responsibility to understand every detail of this case to make sure that our system is as strong as it can possibly be to keep our students safe,” said Belmore. “Moving forward, the district has secured an external, independent third party to conduct a full review of the overall response including any related practices and protocols.”

Kruchten was

after he was charged Jan. 30 with seven federal child pornography charges in Madison.

According to U.S. Attorney Scott Blader, the 37-year-old was attempting to use a minor for child pornography in Wisconsin using “hidden recording devices” on Jan. 20 and Oct. 27, 2019.

The former teacher pleaded not guilty to the charges, and had a trial date set for September.

an additional victim may have been identified in the investigation. Federal prosecutors say they could be filing additional charges against Kruchten.

In Minnesota, Hennepin County prosecutors charged Kruchten with three felony counts of interfering with the privacy of a minor under 18. Minnesota officials requested a warrant for his arrest.

Kruchten is currently bound over for trial and is being held in the Dane County Jail.

The full letter Belmore sent to Madison East High School Families on Friday: