MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 37-year-old Wisconsin high school teacher, who is being investigated after high school students found hidden cameras inside of a room at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, has now been indicted on charges of attempting to produce child pornography in Wisconsin.

David M. Kruchten, a Madison East High School teacher from Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, was serving as the school group’s chaperone during a business club trip to the Twin Cities last December.

Kruchten’s mugshot (credit: Dane County Jail)

An indictment now charges him with, “seven counts of attempting to use a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of the conduct,” alleging that that he did it in Wisconsin, using hidden recording devices on January 20, 2019 and October 27, 2019.

According to authorities, he was arrested at his house on Thursday morning.

Shortly after, the Madison Metropolitan School District released the following statement:

The Madison Metropolitan School District learned today that the District of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced an indictment charging East High Teacher and DECA Advisor David M. Kruchten, and that Mr. Krutchen has been arrested for attempting to produce child pornography.

This news is incredibly disturbing to the MMSD family and our community. We want to assure you that MMSD will do everything we can to support our students and community through this unimaginably challenging time.

Together, as a community, East High School and the MMSD community will get through this by pulling together in support of one another, and doing what is best for our students.  

 

As of today, Krutchen remains employed with the school district, but he’s been placed on administrative leave. His first appearance in U.S. District Court was Thursday afternoon, in a packed Madison courtroom with multiple alleged victims present. He’s pleaded not guilty.

(credit: Jim McKiernan)

If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in federal prison, and a maximum sentence of 30 years, on each count.

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