A counselor at La Sierra Academy in Riverside has been accused of secretly recording boys in the school’s restroom.
La Sierra Academy Counselor Fired After Arrest for Possession of Child Sex Crime Images
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A former school counselor at La Sierra Academy in Riverside has been arrested for allegedly possessing hundreds of images of sex crimes against children and is accused of secretly recording students in a campus bathroom.
30-year-old Matthew Daniel Johnson was arrested on Wednesday, March 5 on suspicion of receiving and distributing child pornography. He is still being held at the San Bernardino County Central Detention Center on $1 million bail.
Fontana police started investigating Johnson for allegedly downloading and sharing child pornography through the internet. Investigators searched his digital devices and determined that he had used a hidden camera to secretly record La Sierra Academy students in a restroom at the school.
Police then served a search warrant at the school and seized additional evidence that reportedly corrobated the allegations against him. The authorities believe the students were not aware that they were being secretly recorded.
Johnson was fired after school officials were notified of what detectives had discovered.
This investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with related information has been asked to contact detectives at 951-353-7120.