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Madison teacher pleads not guilty to federal child pornography charges

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A Madison East High School business and marketing teacher faces federal child pornography charges for two incidents involving hidden recording devices.{ } David Krutchen pleaded not guilty.

A Madison East High School business and marketing teacher facing federal child pornography charges for two incidents involving hidden recording devices pleaded not guilty Thursday.

According to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, David Kruchten, 37, of Cottage Grove, faces seven counts of child pornography for incidents on Oct. 27 and Jan. 20, 2019, that involved hidden recording devices.

The investigation follows an incident on a trip to Minneapolis that Kruchten chaperoned in which students found hidden cameras in their hotel room. The incidents on Oct. 27 also correlate with dates of a school trip Kruchten likely chaperoned.

Kruchten was arrested at his home and had an initial appearance in a packed federal courtroom in Madison on Thursday.

During the hearing, Kruchten’s lawyer asked the judge for Kruchten to be confined at home on GPS monitoring with no access to computers while he awaits trial.

The prosecuting attorney argued that one of the reasons Kruchten shouldn’t be allowed pre-trial release is that he allegedly lied to police in Minneapolis and wouldn’t turn over tapes.

The judge denied the request for pre-trial release, but said it may be considered at a detention hearing in the case scheduled for 2 p.m. on Feb. 5.

Among the people packed into the courtroom Thursday was a group of teenage girls who identified themselves as alleged victims in the case. The girls cried during the hearing, which got louder when Kruchten pleaded not guilty.

If convicted, Kruchten faces a minimum penalty of 15 years in federal prison on each count.

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