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Weathersfield teacher booked into jail

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Mineral Ridge High School teacher and coach Matthew Blair was booked into the Mahoning County Jail on Friday on criminal charges filed for allegedly secretly recording a former member of his track team as she undressed.

Blair, 45, posted the $15,000 bond set by a judge when he was arraigned in Common Pleas Court on charges of intercepting wire or electronic communications, possessing criminal tools, and voyeurism.

The first two charges are felonies, the third is a misdemeanor.

Blair is the girl's track team coach and a seventh and eighth grade science teacher in the Weathersfield School system.

Prosecutors say a woman in her early 20's was staying at Blair's Mineral Ridge home in May, when Blair allegedly used a clock radio equipped with a spy camera to record video of the woman when she was nude.

Investigators say Blair knew the woman from when she was on the Mineral Ridge track team.

Austintown Police Detective Jordan Yacovone says the victim feels extremely violated, especially since she viewed Blair as a father figure and someone she could trust.

“The files were very personal. This camera was recording her in her bedroom during private moments, sometimes with very little or no clothing on, so they were recording her nude. Very private moments,” said Yacovone.

Prosecutors say they consider the camera-equipped radio a criminal tool because it was used in the commission of a crime.

Weathersfield School Superintendent Damon Dohar tells 21 News that Blair is about to start his sixteenth year with the school system.

State Department of Education Records also show no previous disciplinary action against Blair.

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