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Staples HS Custodian Arrested For Stalking Student, Westport Police Said

Staples High School in Westport.
Staples High School in Westport. Photo Credit: File

A Stratford man who worked as a maintenance employee at Staples High School in Westport has been arrested for allegedly stalking a student.

Paul Telep, 52, was arrested on Tuesday, May 7, and charged with stalking, after a school resource officer observed him allegedly recording a student in the school cafeteria, said Westport Police Lt. Jillian Cabana.

During the incident, Telep appeared to be recording students, particularly a juvenile female, with his work cell phone, Cabana said.

The school officer confronted Telep about the suspicious incident and notified school officials, she added.

Staples administrators later seized the phone, as it was the property of the school system. A forensic search of the phone conducted by Westport detectives revealed Telep had deleted seven videos, police said.

The videos all featured the same female student recorded on different dates/times, including the incident in which Telep was observed by school resource officer, Cabana said.

Both the student and her mother were notified and the student advised she was unaware she had been recorded.

An arrest warrant application for Telep was submitted and later granted.

On Tuesday, Telep turned himself in at police headquarters on the outstanding warrant. He was charged with stalking and released after posting a $50,000 cash bond.

Telep is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on May 16.

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