WILKES-BARRE – A former Dallas Middle School special-education teacher charged with taking inappropriate photos of female students pleaded guilty Friday to a related charge.
David Shuga, 49, of Terrace Avenue, Trucksville, entered the plea to a charge of corruption of minors at a hearing before Judge Michael Vough.
Shuga had originally been charged with a single count of invasion of privacy after authorities alleged he used a cellphone to take pictures of intimate parts of female students.
On Friday, prosecutors amended the charge to corruption of minors, which carries a maximum of five years in prison. Vough said Shuga will be sentenced on Feb. 20.
Shuga is represented by attorney Frank Nocito. Assistant District Attorney Nancy Violi is prosecuting the case.
Vough ordered Shuga to have no unsupervised contact with minors and said he may apply for the county's Intermediate Punishment Program.
Shuga, who remains free on $5,000 bail, submitted his resignation the same day Superintendent Frank Galicki said administrators became aware of the allegations in June.
The Dallas School Board accepted Shuga's resignation on June 11.
According to court papers, two students reported to school staff on June 4 they felt Shuga was taking inappropriate pictures of female students in his instruction room located in the middle school.
The students said they believed Shuga had taken pictures on a cellphone since December.
One of the students said she had a picture of Shuga taking a photograph of another female student under a table, the criminal complaint says. Authorities said the picture taken by the student depicted Shuga seated in a chair and holding open a flip-style phone under the table with the face of the phone pointed in the opposite direction.
Authorities allege in the complaint that Shuga admitted taking pictures of female students, specifically of the students' groin and buttocks areas. Shuga told investigators, according to court papers, he was sexually aroused by the pictures.