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High School Teacher Allegedly Taped Girls Undressing — and Was Caught When Girlfriend Found Thumb Drive

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George Edwin Thomas III
Carrollton Texas Police Department

A Texas high school teacher has been indicted on six counts of invasive visual recording for allegedly secretly recording female students while they undressed, PEOPLE confirms.

George Edwin Thomas III, 54, of Highland Village, was arrested on March 9 for allegedly using hidden devices to videotape female students at R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton while they undressed, a police spokeswoman tells PEOPLE.

Thomas, a science teacher, used hidden devices to record students as they undressed at the school during the 2015-16 school year, police allege.

At least six students have been identified from the footage.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Thomas’ girlfriend found a thumb drive containing the alleged material and turned it over to authorities.

Files on the drive allegedly included “multiple video recordings of teenage girls disrobing in a closet,” the affidavit says.

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Other recordings “appeared to be at a teacher’s desk with female students being called to the desk” with the camera positioned to film under their clothes, the affidavit alleges.

Thomas was indicted by a grand jury on May 31. He is free after posting $90,000 bond, according to court records. His next scheduled court date is July 17.

His bond conditions require full house arrest with a GPS monitor and prohibit him from contacting the victims or any other children.

The high school placed on administrative leave in March, according to police.

He has not yet entered a plea because he has not yet appeared before a judge.

“Mr. Thomas is maintaining his innocence and is certainly afforded the presumption of innocence,” his attorney, Daniel Clancy, tells PEOPLE, though Clancy added he had not reviewed the evidence from the case.

After his arrest in March, Josh Placeres, a senior at the school, told CBS 11 that when Thomas was his track coach, female athletes often said that the coach would have them change clothes in his classroom.

“He just locked himself in the classroom and watched these girls change and watch them stretch,” Placeres alleged.

Since he never actually witnessed the alleged behavior himself, Placeres said he didn’t feel right reporting what he heard, but now he regrets keeping quiet.

“I feel like I should have… [gone] and [told] other people about it,” Placeres said.