Madison East teacher facing federal child pornography charges resigns

David Kruchten booking photo
Kruchten

MADISON, Wis. — The Madison East High School teacher facing federal child pornography charges has officially resigned.

According to a statement sent Friday to students’ families from Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Jane Belmore, school officials were informed of David Kruchten’s decision to resign, which is effective immediately.

School officials said Kruchten announced his resignation Thursday.

Kruchten was charged with three counts of interfering with privacy against a minor after hidden cameras were discovered in students’ hotel rooms during a DECA trip in Minneapolis.

The statement said the review into his conduct as an MMSD employee is now closed.

“We take seriously our responsibility to understand every detail of this case to make sure that our system is as strong as it can possibly be to keep our students safe,” Belmore said in the statement. “Moving forward, the district has secured an external, independent third party to conduct a full review of the overall response including any related practices and protocols.”

Belmore said the school district will continue to work with investigating authorities as well as the Department of Justice to support the students who are struggling with the incident.

“We will continue to do our best to keep families informed, and also to continue to provide all those affected by this incident the support they need in order to heal and move forward,” said Belmore.