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Charges in Taping of College Players

May 12, 1999

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) _ A former coach and elementary school teacher was charged Wednesday with secretly videotaping college football players and others in a locker room last October at Eastern Illinois.

According to Coles County assistant state’s attorney Roy Dent, Lance Schneiderman allegedly set up the camera in a locker room being used by members of the Southeast Missouri football team Oct. 3 and videotaped players dressing and undressing.

``He set up the camera and then got in front of it to check out the sight line,″ said Dent, who didn’t say where the camera was located. A number of people are naked on the tape, he said.

A misdemeanor charge of unauthorized videotaping was filed Wednesday in Coles County Circuit Court. If convicted, Schneiderman faces up to 364 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

Directory assistance had no listing for Schneiderman.

Schneiderman, 27, of Shumway, Ill., resigned last month as a sixth-grade teacher and athletic coach for Beecher City Unit 20 School District, located west of Effingham.

He is being investigated for allegedly providing alcohol and pornographic material to junior high school students, said Effingham County State’s Attorney Kevin Parker. Parker would not elaborate, other than to say that the pornographic material was not the videotape Schneiderman is accused of making in the college locker room.

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