WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) A Utah teacher has been arrested after police say he was caught with child pornography in his classroom. 
 
West Valley City police arrested Michael Scott Hatfield on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor and accessing pornographic material on a school campus.
 
American Preparatory Academy said an employee responsible for watching security cameras in the school noticed Hatfield had covered the cameras in his classroom back on April 20th. The probable cause statement shows the employee noticed Hatfield pulling out a black bag before covering the camera.
 
While reviewing the video employees heard what sounded like Hatfield masturbating, according to court documents.
 
Since the cameras are there for security, school administration investigated further. Hatfield was immediately place on leave within a few hours. 
 
School officials say a subsequent search of the classroom revealed what appeared to be child pornography.  APA administration reported the incident to police for further action. 
 
Investigators reported finding lotion, a “porno” DVD, and two photo albums. Court documents show police found dozens of naked pictures of girls from 11-15 years old inside those albums. They note many of the pages were like collages with art and phrases such as “Show and Tell” or “Pretty as a princess.”
 
Geronimo Barrios is a 9th grader at APA who used to be in one of Hatfield’s students. He thought something wasn’t right about his teacher.

“You have that weird feeling,” said Geronimo. “I didn’t like it, I kind of had that gut feeling and it just sort of grew. So to me it’s kind of not that shocking.”
 
Barrios said some of his friends were heartbroken because they really liked him while others told him they feel betrayed. His mother Michelle told us she was glad to see the school handle the situation the way they did.
 
“The school has been really good and they have camera’s in each class, so I feel safe,” said Michelle.
 
The school didn’t comment on camera, but did release a statement to the media which red
 
“American Preparatory Academy is deeply concerned should any employee have inappropriate materials in possession on school grounds.  We are grateful we have cameras in classrooms and astute staff members who monitor continually for our students’ safety.  We are cooperating fully with the West Valley City Police Department in their investigation,” said American Preparatory Academy, Executive Director Carolyn Sharette in a statement released Monday. 
 
The school says it has no evidence and police have given no indication that there has been any involvement of any American Preparatory Academy students in Hatfield’s alleged illegal activity. 
 
The school also says:
 
“As with all faculty and staff, the employee in question underwent and passed a Utah State Board of Education background check, including a Livescan fingerprinting and a Bureau of Criminal Identification report.  He was subject of another background check January 24, 2016, which resulted in a satisfactory report on March 22, 2016 and a reissuance of his license by the USBE.  There were no prior questionable incidents during his employment at the school.”
 
The case is now being led my the Utah Attorney General’s Office. They would not comment because it’s an ongoing investigation.