Pa. Man Secretly Tapes Foreign Exchange Students: Cops - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Pa. Man Secretly Tapes Foreign Exchange Students: Cops

Allentown man allegedly videotaped 3 teens while they were living in his home

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    Hidden Cameras Arrest in Lehigh Valley

    A Lehigh County man is facing sex charges after allegedly hiding cameras in his bathroom and bedroom to tape foreign exchange students living in his house. (Published Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011)

    A Lehigh County man was arrested this week for allegedly using hidden cameras to tape three foreign exchange students he hosted in his home.

    Michael Scheeler, 42, allegedly wired four miniature cameras into bedrooms and bathrooms in his Lower Milford Township home, police said.

    Scheeler, who is married according to neighbors, volunteered to host the students who attended Faith Christian Academy in Sellersville.

    School officials said that all host parents go through interviews, visits to the home and background checks before hosting any students.

    Scheeler was arraigned Thursday on child sex charges after police say he recorded the 16- and 17-year-old Korean exchange students.

    One of the students told an administrator at Faith Christian about videos she spotted on Scheeler's laptop.

    A police search turned up the video equipment and dozens of DVDs containing videos of the students.

    Scheeler's arrest shocked neighbors and fellow host parents:

    "These are minors, these are students, young students who can be as young a 12 and when then come over they often don’t have a voice," said former host parent Melissa Myers.

    Scheeler's bail was set at $50,000. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.


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