Teacher accused of taping kids in bathroom pleads not guilty

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio teacher accused of secretly recording his kindergarten students using the bathroom has pleaded not guilty to nearly 150 additional charges.

The Ashland County prosecutor’s office says 32-year old Elliot Gornall pleaded not guilty Friday to the new charges, including illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material and pandering obscenity involving a minor.

Authorities say Gornall recorded 25 of his students using a tiny spy camera that he installed in a bathroom next to his classroom in Loudonville, about 80 miles south of Cleveland.

Ashland County Prosecutor Christopher Tunnell had said the new charges followed investigators’ continued analysis of Gornall’s computer and other equipment. An initial complaint and charges were filed against him in March.

A message to Gornall’s attorney seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned.

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