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Charges: School speech coach tried to video underage students undressing

The 29 year old was suspended following the incident, and has since resigned.
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A school speech teacher has been charged with trying to record his underage students while they changed.

Lucas John Blonigen, 29, of Melrose, Minnesota, is charged with two sex offenses following an alleged incident at Melrose Veteran's Memorial Middle School on Apr. 6.

According to the criminal complaint, Blonigen is the assistant speech coach at the school and had allowed two of his female students, aged 15 and 16, to change in his classroom ahead of a speech event.

As the girls were about to change however, they noticed a cellphone was propped up against a wall, and when they looked at it they could see it was recording and was angled toward the area they were due to change.

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They turned off the camera and reported the incident to another teacher.

Police interviewed Blonigen, during which he admitted he knew the girls were going to change into their speech clothing and, as a result, knew they would have to strip down to their underwear.

In a statement on its website, Melrose Public Schools says Blonigen was placed on administrative leave immediately following the incident being reported.

Upon further investigation, the school district found no similar incidents reported in its schools.

The Star Tribune reports he has since resigned from the district as a speech coach and middle school interventionist.

Blonigen has been charged with two counts of interfering with the privacy of a minor.

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