Texas Elementary School Worker Arrested After Hidden Camera Found in Boy's Bathroom

A contracted food worker for an elementary school in Texas has been arrested after police found a small camera hidden inside a boy's bathroom.

Scott Gelardi, 42, has been charged with possession of child pornography with intent to promote and invasive visual recording after the small device was discovered beneath a toilet paper dispenser in one of Northside Elementary School's restrooms.

According to Click 2 Houston, Gelardi was arrested as he arrived for work at the school after police examined the footage on the camera and saw the suspect had recorded his own face.

Officers were able to determine who placed the recording device in the bathroom after reviewing timestamps on the camera along with the school's surveillance footage.

Gelardi worked as a director of food services for the school district through a contract with Aramark, meaning he had access to all schools in El Campo. The district said that no other cameras have been found at any of their schools.

"At this point, no children have been identified, and there is no evidence of any physical contact with any children," an El Campo Police Department spokesperson said, reports the Houston Chronicle. "ECISD personnel have searched all school bathrooms, and no other devices have been discovered."

Police also searched the suspect's home, vehicle and school office as part of the investigation. Additional charges may still be brought against Gelardi.

El Campo Police Chief Terry Stanphill said the department will not try and identify any of the children seen on the hidden camera's footage.

"There's no need in it. We have seen nothing to indicate contact between the suspect and any student," Stanphill told Click 2 Houston. "There is still a lot of evidence to be examined so we don't know for sure but at this point, I'd say no."

Family members of the students said the district needs to have better vetting procedures when hiring people to work at the schools.

"They're just kids. They're just innocent kids coming to school to learn," grandparent Cathy Trevino told KTRK.

"Reevaluate your staff. These are somebody else's kids. These are not your children, but it is your job, your obligation to make sure these kids are safe," she said.

In a statement, Aramark said: "Today we were made aware of very disturbing allegations involving one of our associates. Aramark immediately launched an investigation into these allegations and the associate in question is no longer employed by Aramark. We will fully cooperate with the authorities on their investigation into this matter."

Newsweek has contacted El Campo Police Department for comment.

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Close-up of logo on rear of delivery truck for distributor Aramark, with text noting that the vehicle is hybrid electric, in Lafayette, California, April 4, 2019. An Aramark contractor has been arrested on suspicion of hiding a camera in a school bathroom where he worked. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty