Former Madison teacher accused of videotaping students in hotel room pleads guilty

MADISON, Wis. — A former Madison high school teacher accused of videotaping students in their hotel rooms is pleading guilty to two federal charges as part of a plea deal.

Court records show David Kruchten pleaded guilty to charges of traveling across state lines to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and transportation of a minor with intent to produce child pornography in federal court Monday.

Kruchten was accused of recording undressed students during field trips in Wisconsin and Minnesota while working as a teacher at Madison East High School in 2019. The recordings happened during trips to Wisconsin Dells, Lake Geneva, and Minneapolis.

Students reported finding the cameras inside air fresheners in their hotel rooms in Minneapolis. Kruchten resigned from East High School in February 2020.

Kruchten’s sentencing is set for October 22nd. He faces six to 20 years in prison.