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The story was updated at 10:30 a.m. June 5, 2014.

A Potomac teacher faces charges of secretly videotaping a foreign exchange student staying in his home by sliding an iPad under the bathroom door.

Darrien Lamont Tucker, 39, of the 10800 block of Deborah Drive in Potomac, is a physical education teacher at the McLean School of Maryland in Potomac, according to Montgomery County police.

He was also a volunteer assistant coach for the football team at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda but decided before his arrest not to return next year because of “another opportunity,” said Dana Tofig, a spokesman for Montgomery County Public Schools.

Tucker was arrested Tuesday and charged with five counts of visual surveillance with prurient intent.

Five times from May 27 to May 31, Tucker slid an iPad under the bathroom door while the 18-year-old female foreign exchange student was inside, according to police. The student first noticed the iPad on May 27 when she was in the bathroom showering.

County police were notified about the incidents on Sunday.

The student used her phone to film the iPad being slid under the door. She also placed a video camera in the hallway to film Tucker in the act.

“The camera outside in the hallway showed him, the suspect, approach the door and place the iPad under the door,” said Cpl. Rebecca Innocenti, a spokeswoman for county police.

There was no phone directory listing for Tucker. Online court records did not show an attorney for him.

Police are not releasing the student’s name or where she attends school.

She has lived with Tucker and his family since the fall of last year, Innocenti said.

Tucker is due in court on July 15, according to online court records.

He was released on bail.

A statement from the McLean School of Maryland said police confirmed that the student involved in the incidents does not attend the school.

“The employee has been placed on a leave of absence and instructed not to return to campus, participate in or attend school functions or activities, or to make contact with any McLean student,” the statement said. “While employed at McLean, the School received no complaints of misconduct of this nature against the employee.”

The statement also said that Tucker passed the school’s “comprehensive vetting process” before he was hired.

According to the school’s website, Tucker teaches physical education and coaches cross-country, girls basketball, and track and field. He is also co-captain of the Frederick Outlaws, a semi-professional football team, the website says.

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