Valley teacher accused of filming sexual assault

AVONDALE, AZ - A former teacher in the Peoria School District is accused of filming his sexual assault of two underage students.

Police booked 37-year-old Werner Alcid Girard of Avondale on Wednesday on a dozen counts related to sexual conduct with a minor, sexual assault, voyeurism and unlawful viewing of a tape or recording of a person.

Authorities say Avondale police received a report May 26 that Girard possessed cellphone videos depicting a 15-year-old girl and 16-year-old girl in various states of undress.

Police say they found three videos in total and all were made between March 22 and April 15. One shows Girard fondling the 15-year-old.

The victims, who both were in his class at Peoria High School, say they were at Girard's home and he sexually assaulted them in his bedroom.

According to police, Girard showed the cellphone video to two 18-year-olds. Those teenager recognized the victims and contacted police.

Girard resigned at the end of the school year citing "personal reasons," according to a district spokeswoman.

District officials say they didn't learn about the investigation until Thursday morning.

Erin Dunsey said Girard had been a drama teacher at the school and had worked there since 2007.

The district sent a letter to parents making them aware of the arrest.

It is not known if Girard had an attorney.

Girard lived with his wife and children in Avondale.

According to court paperwork "Girard admitted to knowing the videos were on his phone, however denied taking the videos himself. Girard also admitted to moving the videos from his camera roll to a downloaded application to keep his children from seeing the videos."

Police say the victims and their parents say they trusted Girard completely and never though he was capable of hurting the girls.


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