A teacher at a Peoria high school has been fired after administrators learned he had previously been terminated by another district for videotaping his children’s 13-year-old babysitter changing clothes in his house and lying to district officials about it, the daily reports.
Officials at Skyline West Prep weren’t aware of past misconduct by Thomas Hetherington, a science teacher at the Peoria charter school.
He has been terminated after court records revealed he hid a camera in his children’s bathroom to videotape the young babysitter as she changed into her swimsuit.
He acknowledges the incident and claims he thought she was older. If you don’t believe that, he also says it was a one-time incident and will never happen again.
Hetherington passed a complete background check when he was hired by Skyline West Prep in November 2007. At the time Hetherington was hired, a database for the Arizona Department of Education had no records about his problems at Paradise Valley Unified where he had previously taught. References at the district raised no red flags.
“Mr. Hetherington had a valid fingerprint card when hired and throughout his employment with Skyline Schools,” Assistant Superintendent Brian Shipman said.
Hetherington has withdrawn his application for renewal of his secondary teaching certificate and the board is pursuing disciplinary action against his remaining substitute certificate.