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.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.
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.
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.