Over the course of four years, Metro Nashville Public Schools teacher Jarrett Jones secretly recorded over 40 elementary students undressing in a closet in his classroom. He was arrested on Monday.
The 30-year-old was taken into custody without incident at his Antioch home on two counts of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of minors and three counts of sexual exploitation of minors. He currently teaches at Antioch High School, where he graduated from in 2004.
Authorities were alerted to what was going on after Jones asked another teacher for assistance with a new computer program and that teacher saw disturbing images on Jones’ computer.
Police say Jones instructed young girls participating in school plays or choir performances to change clothes in the music room’s closet when he worked at Napier Elementary School from 2011-2015. He had placed a hidden recording device in the room.
Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said that when detectives executed a search warrant at Jones’ home, they found several pieces of digital equipment, including an external hard drive which revealed more than 50 videos in a folder titled “Napier.”
It appears that there are at least 40 different girls in those videos.
Also on the hard drive were more than 1,000 sexually explicit images of minors that appear to have been downloaded from an external source unrelated to Napier Elementary, according to 11 Alive.
The majority of the children in the videos have been identified and are undergoing counseling with the help of the Nashville Children’s Alliance.