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Alleged up-skirt school voyeur charged in Warsaw

Zambrano

An employee of Warsaw Community High School has admitted to angling a cellphone camera up the skirts and dresses of female students and making numerous recordings, according to the Warsaw Police Department.

Daniel Zambrano, 35, of Warsaw faces three misdemeanor counts of voyeurism. He was booked into Kosciusko County Jail on Wednesday and posted a $5,000 bond to be released.

Police described Zambrano as a part-time “support staffer” in the school’s English as a second language program. It was unclear how the charges against him might affect his status as a school employee. Phone messages left for the principal and superintendent of Warsaw Community Schools were not returned Wednesday.

Police started looking into the matter after two 16-year-old girls and a 17-year-old girl told school staff last week that a cellphone camera was being used to photograph or videotape them from under desks during class.

An investigation found that Zambrano recorded video under desks several times between May and this month. During an Oct. 18 interview with investigators, he admitted to the allegations, police said.

Police seized Zambrano’s iPhone, and its contents are still being examined. No evidence suggests he had sexual contact with any students, police said.

According to Zambrano’s LinkedIn profile, he has worked for the school’s ESL program since August 2011, tutoring students and serving as a Spanish interpreter.

He also is a bookkeeper for the Christian Performing Artist’s Fellowship in Winona Lake and is a bass player and cellist for the Wagon Wheel Theatre in Warsaw.

In addition, he gives private cello and music theory lessons, according to a website for his business, ZambraMusic.

The case against Zambrano marks the second time this school year charges of a sexual nature have been brought against an employee of Warsaw Community Schools.

In August, Warsaw police arrested Tyler Baatz, a teacher and coach at Edgewood Middle School, on allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old former student.

aingersoll@jg.net

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