- 30 Sep 2014
- Written by Rebecca Guterman
A Potomac man was sentenced to three years of probation in District Court on Friday for recording an exchange student while she was taking a shower.
Darrien Lamont Tucker, 40, a physical education teacher at the McLean School of Maryland in Potomac, pled guilty to two misdemeanor counts of visual surveillance in a private place and with prurient intent. He was given three years of probation with a one-year suspended sentence for each count, meaning any violation of his probation could result in two years of jail time.
The sentence also requires Tucker to attend therapy and have his computers regularly tested for “pornographic surveillance material,” according to Ramon Korionoff, spokesperson for the State Attorney’s office.
“This plea not only holds him accountable for his crimes but also provides the community safety,” Korionoff said in an email.
Defense attorney Mike Rothman, Tucker’s attorney, said Tucker wants to move past the incidents.
“Mr. Tucker is a member of the community and he is eager to move forward at this time,” Rothman said.
Tucker was charged in June with five counts of visual surveillance after the 18-year-old exchange student he was hosting noticed him slipping his iPad under the door of the bathroom during her shower.
The student then brought her phone into the bathroom to record the incidents and the third time placed a video camera outside the bathroom that captured Tucker sliding the iPad under the door, according to a Montgomery County Police press release. Tucker later confirmed in an interview with police he had recorded the student.
Three of the counts of visual surveillance were dismissed in court.