Byron Center teacher arrested for ina...

Byron Center teacher arrested for inappropriate photos of student

There are 293 comments on the WZZM Grand Rapids story from Aug 1, 2007, titled Byron Center teacher arrested for inappropriate photos of student. In it, WZZM Grand Rapids reports that:

Investigators say a Byron Center High School teacher took inappropriate photos of a student in class.

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a teacher

Traverse City, MI

#265 Jun 28, 2008
Buzz McCoy wrote:
There was an article in the paper GR Press Today:
GRAND RAPIDS -- A Byron Center High School teacher had more than a dozen up-the-skirt images of females on a digital data card seized from his computer bag during a 2007 police search of his home, authorities said.
A judge determined Friday that those images can be used as evidence in the teacher's upcoming trial.

Suspended teacher Steven Sanger, 40, awaits trial Aug. 4 on a charge of surreptitiously using a camera to take a picture of a female student's undergarments -- a felony punishable by up to five years behind bars.
Kent County Circuit Judge Paul Sullivan on Friday ruled the jury in Sanger's upcoming trail should be allowed to consider whether the other images found on his data card are relevant. Three of those images presented by Assistant Prosecutor Helen Brinkman clearly were shot in a classroom, and the data card was found in the teacher's possession.
The Einstein poster in the background of one of the images matches the one Sanger had in his high school science classroom, Brinkman said.
Sullivan glanced at a couple of Brinkman's 8x10 prints Friday, then averted his eyes.
Defense attorney Daniel Watkins argued the photos should be suppressed because the data card does not fit the camera Sanger had, and the images are date-stamped April 2005 -- two years before the 15-year-old accuser says the teacher snapped a picture up her skirt while discussing a test.
Police found no images that are clearly of the accuser, although three classmates at a September preliminary hearing said they saw an image of what they believed to be the accuser's underwear on Sanger's camera's display screen.
However, in another court motion, Sullivan agreed with Watkins that a 1996 reprimand of the teacher should not be included as evidence in his trial. In that incident, Sanger was reprimanded for not immediately stopping male students from downloading pictures of actress Pamela Anderson from the Internet, and participating in their discussion of women, which other students told school officials was derogatory.
Sullivan said that incident probably happened too long ago to be relevant.
Sanger, who remains free on bond and suspended without pay from his job, did not accompany his lawyer to court Friday.
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I can only say this, he was a wonderful teacher, and a good Christian man, I beleive that Sanger would never so that. But I also no, good men can make bad mistakes, I have seen it over and over in my life.
I don't think he did it, and I hope the trial proves that.
Hey Buzz-- I saw that article in the newspaper today. If you believe what you read in that paper as truth, you are pretty gullible. The woman that wrote that should be totally ashamed to call herself a reporter. It was full of lies, e.g. 12 upshot pictures. These pictures were not upshots. They were side shots of someones skirt taken 2 years before the alleged incident by someones elses camera.
Only one person testified at the pretrial that she saw an upshot on his camera. The others said they did not know if he did or not. Yet there was no pictures on his camera of an upshot.

This is a case of a student not liking the teacher and ruining his life.
kini

Holland, MI

#266 Jun 29, 2008
JMS wrote:
What is it with all of the perverted teachers getting caught lately? I fear for the time when my 3 girls get into High School.
Unfortunately it's a known fact that pedophiles and other perverts take jobs where they can be close to their prey.
Its a known fact most teachers are also liberals.
the liberals have been infesting our schools for years, pressing the liberal agenda.
liberals don't promote sex, they promote promiscuity to eradicate moral consequences.
a teacher

Traverse City, MI

#267 Jun 29, 2008
To Kini:

Your statements are pure nonsense. I have taught school for years and there are teachers that are liberals and conservatives just like in any other place. However, schools tend to be more liberal because all the liberal parents demand it.

This has nothing to do with this case anyway. If you knew Mr. Sanger, you would find a consevative Christian man that is as upright and honest as anyone you knew.

You and the comments from "Oh My" yesterday are ridiculous statements of conjecture that have no fact.

If the prosecutor had good evidence against Mr Sanger, she wouldn't have postponed his trial three times (over a year now) looking to find something that isn't there.
hey teacher

United States

#268 Jul 2, 2008
It was postponed for motions as well that were filed by the defendant's attorney to have evidence excluded. The judge only this past week rendered a decision on this motion. Read the law. I've seen my share of "Conservative Christian Men" behave as perverts. Christianity has nothing to do with this. "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God".
hey teacher

United States

#269 Jul 2, 2008
a teacher wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey Buzz-- I saw that article in the newspaper today. If you believe what you read in that paper as truth, you are pretty gullible. The woman that wrote that should be totally ashamed to call herself a reporter. It was full of lies, e.g. 12 upshot pictures. These pictures were not upshots. They were side shots of someones skirt taken 2 years before the alleged incident by someones elses camera.

Only one person testified at the pretrial that she saw an upshot on his camera. The others said they did not know if he did or not. Yet there was no pictures on his camera of an upshot.
This is a case of a student not liking the teacher and ruining his life.
Obviously the Sanger family has their foot in their mouths again and cannot keep off this board. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid. THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO HAVE SEEN THESE YES!!!!!!UP SHOT PHOTOS ARE THE POLICE, Prosecutor, other victims from two years ago, and the Sanger family and legal team. So which one are you teach???? Or is this Mr. Sanger himself????
Sandy

United States

#270 Jul 3, 2008
You know what. It wasn't just family at the trial and I heard it said right from the judge and the forensic person that they were photos of a person with a skirt on not up a skirt.
a teacher

Traverse City, MI

#271 Jul 6, 2008
to "Hey teacher" aka "BC parent", "confused" etc.

Here we go again. You take a law class and suddenly become one of those lawyers???? that think your supposed to twist the truth around any old way to suit your own desires. You give a list of who you think has seen the 12 pictures. More people than that have seen them. For example, the judge at the pretrial and if you have obtained and read the court transcripts, you have read the judge clearly describing the pictures as repeaticious side shots of a skirt. She also stated they obviously were not of the plaintof.

From your list of people that you say have seen the pictures in question, not one of these people have called them upshots. The only people that call them upshots are the news media and YOU. The news media twists things all the time to sell papers. And you obviouly have a vendetta against Mr. Sanger fueled by a lot of anger that goes far beyond what is happening here. Pull the beam out of your own eye before you try to pull the sliver out of someone elses.
Buzz McCoy

United States

#272 Jul 23, 2008
a teacher wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey Buzz-- I saw that article in the newspaper today. If you believe what you read in that paper as truth, you are pretty gullible. The woman that wrote that should be totally ashamed to call herself a reporter. It was full of lies, e.g. 12 upshot pictures. These pictures were not upshots. They were side shots of someones skirt taken 2 years before the alleged incident by someones elses camera.
Only one person testified at the pretrial that she saw an upshot on his camera. The others said they did not know if he did or not. Yet there was no pictures on his camera of an upshot.
This is a case of a student not liking the teacher and ruining his life.
I agree 100 percent. The media is usually wrong, and they say what they can to make things sound worse to increase ratings and sale. I myself work in media, you do not need to tell me how it works. All I was saying is that despite what the paper said, I DO NOT think Sanger would have done that. All I said is that sanger is a good Christian man, and it is way out of his character to do something like that, and then I followed up with, I have also seen good people make bad mistakes. Even if he is found guilty (which i doubt) I wont think anything less of him as a person, simply because we all make mistakes, and it isnt our place to judge.
allie

Taylor, MI

#273 Aug 8, 2008
the girl is a liar and a deciever. ask some of her class mates. and she definetley doens't have a halo hanging around her head. the truth will prevail. i went to BCHS my whold life. i've know mr sanger for 6 years. i ran track for him and had classes w/ him. i NEVER saw or heard of him acting inappropriate w/ a female or male minor. ask yourself this: how hard would it be to take pictures of your self of a shot aiming up your skirt...then download it onto the teachers computer...hmm w/ today's technology not too damn hard. this is ridiculous that so many ppl are letting this girl ruin this man's life...this man who has done a lot for our children!! shame on you people!
allie

Taylor, MI

#274 Aug 8, 2008
kini wrote:
<quoted text>
Its a known fact most teachers are also liberals.
the liberals have been infesting our schools for years, pressing the liberal agenda.
liberals don't promote sex, they promote promiscuity to eradicate moral consequences.
whoever this person is...you are an idiot. the promote promiscuity...yeah b/c liberal teachers want to see babies have babies. dumbass. look at all the tv shows you iradicate people let your children watch. you don't even know the half of it. hmmmm wonder what your kid does at school when your not watching. it's called peer pressure stupid
allie

Taylor, MI

#275 Aug 8, 2008
bc Student wrote:
hi im a BC student and i know that he would never do that stupid thing... hes a great guy. a great coach and the student that complaned is NOT creditable... but her mom and dad have money! SHE has reuined his job and should be in jail!
thank you BC Student!!! people like you will make it somewhere in life. everyone needs to examine this so called "victim" and learn what shes really like. wow her parents have money. big suprise as to why this case has gotten to where its at. if the parents of this "victim" every read this...you should be ashamed of reproducing and raising such a horrible child.
allie

Taylor, MI

#276 Aug 8, 2008
EmmaRae wrote:
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Wood TV had this story updated already last night.
Sure makes him look guilty when 13 photos were recovered from a flash card. I wonder what all the people that were defending him will have to say about this.
Teacher will stand trial on photo charges
Updated: Sep 11, 2007 05:15 PM EDT
GRAND RAPIDS - Steven Sanger, the Byron Center High School teacher accused of taking pictures up a female student's skirt, will go to trial on the charge.
In 63rd District Court Tuesday, a computer forensics expert testified he found 13 images that were deleted on a flash card to a digital camera. Spec. Deputy Tim Crothers said, "Twelve of them matched the description that was being sought, in terms of they appeared to be pictures up a young lady's skirt."
Judge Sara Smolenski determined there was enough evidence to go to trial.
Sanger, 40, is on paid administrative leave from the school.
atleast the poor guy is getting paid to be put through all of this!
a family member

United States

#277 Aug 8, 2008
allie, the sad thing is that Mr. Sanger has not gotten any pay through this.

You should check out the other blogs on here about MR. Sanger, some of the stuff that has been said in the last few days.

Since: Oct 07

out in the sticks

#278 Aug 8, 2008
They had this on the news last night and it said that they haven't found any innappropriate photos, and that the teacher was still on unpaid suspension. I can't believe that this has gone on this long. It seems like the accuser is just a vindictive, malicious girl wanting to cause harm to this teacher for failing her.

I can only hope that they can prove these accusations false, and turn around and go after the girl or her parents for all of the legal costs and lost pay, not to mention defamation of character on the teachers part. I hope he will be back to work soon.
allie

Taylor, MI

#279 Aug 8, 2008
Shali wrote:
I think it's a load of crap. I GO to the school, and I'm almost one hundred percent positive he was framed.
The story doesn't add up. Not just that, but I'd heard freshmen talking about how they didn't like him.
These kids are just such spoiled, arrogant brats. Their parents believe anything their children tell them. It's absolutely ridiculous, given that these SAME BRATS post HALF NAKED pictures of themselves on myspace.
i agree w/ you! take a look at the "victims" and her friends' myspace---hmm wonder what else they're getting away with.
allie

Taylor, MI

#280 Aug 8, 2008
Someone wrote:
Everyone who is talking about the dress code and how girls dress. How do u know she was wearing a skirt that was revealing? Ummm..u don't! OK! So stop saying that is the issue, cuz you have no idea how she was dressing.
b/c maybe shes a lil slut?!!? maybe she likes to get grown men in trouble..maybe it pleasures her
SPARKY

Colorado Springs, CO

#281 Aug 8, 2008
Um. Don't blame the schools. Blame the PARENTS, please!
John M wrote:
Well I for one am a father of three boys, middle and high school ages. Last year I walked into my son's high school to pick him up for a dentist appointment and my jaw about hit the floor with some of the attire they are letting these girls get away with wearing. I am not condoning the actions of the teacher but if you as a school system allow these girls to flaunt their bodies everyday in front of male teachers this stuff is inevitably going to happen. Now I am not saying that strict dress codes will stop these crimes but I'm positive you would definately see a drop in them. What I saw was girls wearing skirts that were so short they were barely covering their underwear, and thongs hanging out, cleavege showing. I was appalled but this is the reality of what is going on in our schools today. The schools have policy's banning alcohol and drug reference shirts, or anything containg guns or violence but to dress like a street walker is completely acceptable?
Byron Teacher

Pueblo, CO

#282 Aug 8, 2008
We tried to "fix" the dress code. But what male teacher is going to tell a female student to go change because her cleavage is hanging out. Parents need to know what there kids leave home wearing. We teach what we get sent. Thanks
Byron Teacher

Pueblo, CO

#283 Aug 8, 2008
Sorry that should read "their" kids. I don't want to be accused of poor grammar.
Byron Teacher

Pueblo, CO

#284 Aug 8, 2008
It is so sad when a person can be convicted without direct physical evidence. I hope he appeals.

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