Former Vt. principal charged with 29 counts of voyeurism, five counts of child pornography

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Vermont State Police say a Sharon man was arrested for additional voyeurism and child pornography charges, related to a previous arrest in November 2017.

Police say Dean Stearns, 56, is being charged with 29 counts of Voyeurism and five counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

This comes after State Police executed a search warrant at his residence, and analyzed devices seized during the warrant.

Police say these charges are separate from the original charges brought in November of 2017.

Stearns was previously the principal of Royalton High School, but resigned in December 2017 after charges were brought against him.

He pleaded not guilty those charges, and was released on conditions.

The latest charges include offenses that occurred from 2016 to 2017 against a total of five victims under the age of eighteen.

Stearns will be arraigned on the new charges Monday March 19, at Windsor County Court.

Local 22 & Local 44 News has reached out to White River Valley Supervisory Union Superintendent Bruce Labs for comment.

Labs released the following statement Monday afternoon:

Dear School Community Members:

We recently became aware that Dean Stearns is facing additional charges and is back in court today.

Mr.Stearns has not been a part of the school district since he was dismissed in December 2017 . l wish to reiterate to you that the Vermont State Police inspected our buildings in December and did not find any unauthorized recording devices or cameras.

lt is our understanding that everything that Mr. Stearns has been charged with took place outside of the school and outside of school hours. I will be working along with our administrators and school counselors to continue to provide support to our students, faculty and staff that are affected by his actions by making several counselors available. The school counselors will be available as needed to meet with students, faculty and staff to discuss any issues and concerns rising from this incident.

Additionally, the administration at both schools, Bethel and Royalton, will be reaching out to whoever discloses a need for additional support or appears to need additional support.As a community, we will continue to respond to the impact of these charges. we are a strong,compassionate and resilient community with a history of a caring response to challenges on behalf of our children.

I want to provide you once again with some resources which are available:

  • The Clora Martin Center Emergency Hotline: 1-8oo-639-6360 which will connect you with an emergency clinician; also,
  • The Department of Mental Health has o texting crisis Line: text , “VT” to #741741
  • For faculty and staff the Invest EAP from VEHI is available at 1-800-287-2173

Please reach out to the school administration or school counselors if you believe students staff or faculty need additional support.

Sincerely,

Bruce Labs, Superintendent

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