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Frenchtown man charged with secretly recording teens

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Steven Jeffrey Martin has been charged with felony sexual abuse of children
Posted at 2:31 PM, Feb 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-16 17:22:39-05

MISSOULA — Steven Jeffrey Martin has been charged with felony sexual abuse of children.

Martin, 60 years old, is accused of having cameras in his home that recorded video of two teenage boys that were living with him without their knowledge.

Court documents say that on Monday, February 14, 2022, Missoula County Sheriff's deputies responded to a home on Jenny Ann Court for a welfare check and possible sexual assault report.

When deputies arrived, they learned two teenagers, ages 16 and 18, who were temporarily living with Martin confronted him about a camera in their bathroom.

During the course of the investigation, Martin told the deputies he had cameras in the kitchen, upstairs bathroom, and each of the boy's bedrooms.

Martin admitted to deputies he watched the videos "for entertainment" and "dancing naked in the bathroom singing."

A deputy asked Martin what he does when watching the videos, and Martin replied "sometimes masturbating."

Martin told deputies he thought his actions were a "victimless crime, no one else would find out."

Martin is a paraprofessional who works for the Frenchtown School District.

In a statement to MTN News, Frenchtown Schools superintendent Les Meyer said the allegations do not relate to Martin's employment with the district.

Meyer said Martin is on leave without pay pending a school board hearing to terminate his employment.

He added the school is cooperating with law enforcement and will share any relevant information with families and students as it becomes available.

Martin remains jailed in the Missoula County Detention Center.