Ex-Durham school worker faces dozens of secret peeping, indecent liberties charges

March 10, 2019
Nathan Stuart Elder

A former employee of the Montessori School of Durham already jailed in Arizona on molestation charges now faces dozens of secret peeping charges and indecent liberties charges in North Carolina.

Durham police have charged Nathan Stuart Elder, 44, with 33 counts of possession of images obtained in violation of secretly peeping while using a photographic device. Hillsborough police have changed Elder with seven counts each of indecent liberties with a minor and possession of images obtained in violation of secretly peeping while using a photographic device.

The Montessori School of Durham fired Elder, who served as a part-time lunch and afterschool instructor, after he was arrested in December on charges of fondling a young girl while on vacation in the Phoenix area. He remains in the Maricopa County jail.

Durham police searched Elder’s computers and found images that investigators said violated North Carolina’s secret peeping laws.

Investigators said they identified pictures involving possible crimes committed in Wake and Orange counties, as well as the areas of Mobile, Ala., Phoenix and Oakland, Calif. Durham police said they are working with law enforcement agencies in those jurisdictions to contact the families of the children depicted and pursue charges.

“None of the charges filed to date involve MSD children,” Tammy Squires, head of the Montessori School of Durham, told WRAL News in an email.

“However, since learning of Elder’s arrest in Arizona, we have worked closely with law enforcement authorities, communicated directly with our families, provided resources and information to parents about how to talk to their children and undertaken a review of our current policies and procedures,” Squires said. “The Montessori School of Durham prioritizes the safety and welfare of all of our students.”

Anyone with information about Elder’s activities may contact the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440, extension 29349, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.