Second-grade Northwest teacher accused in 'spy pen' recording of teen

A second-grade teacher at a north Fort Worth elementary school is accused of using a "spy pen" to surreptitiously take a video of an 18-year-old visitor while she bathed at his Springtown home.

Brian Paul Weaver, 38, surrendered about 2 p.m. Friday at the Parker County Jail, jail records show. He was released Sunday on $10,000 bail. He faces a charge of making an improper visual recording without consent, according to Springtown police.

Weaver, a teacher at Sendera Ranch Elementary in the Northwest school district, has been suspended with pay, according to a district news release.

The incident did not occur on school property and did not involve Sendera Ranch students or staff, according to a district spokeswoman. Weaver was suspended because of the nature of the offense, she said.

Weaver somehow lost the "spy pen" -- a pen containing a camera -- which was found by a student at a Springtown school, Sgt. Shawn Owens of the Springtown police said Friday.

"The student discovered it was more than a pen and turned it in to a teacher," Owens said.

The teacher gave the pen to administrators, who gave it to police, Owens said.

According to an arrest-warrant affidavit released Monday, the 18-year-old told an investigator that she learned about the video from a friend who said he had seen it. She reported this to an assistant principal at Springtown High School on Nov. 15.

Later she told investigators that she could not watch the entire video but immediately recognized where it was made -- in Weaver's bathroom while she was visiting a friend there earlier in November.

According to the affidavit, the video shows the figure of a man setting up the camera, but the teenager could not identify him. When an investigator spoke to Weaver's wife, she said the Springtown High School principal had explained the situation to her and asked for her assistance, the affidavit said.

When Weaver's wife confronted him over the phone, he initially denied it, the affidavit said.

His wife then said she recognized the green sleeve of the shirt he wears on Fridays.

"It was me, she's 18," the affidavit quoted Weaver as saying.

His wife said she yelled at him at that point: "Are you freaking kidding me?" she said "That's your answer? She's 18?"

Weaver replied: "Please tell me she's 18."

The wife told police that she became very angry and hung up the phone, and returned to the high school to tell the principal what she had learned, the affidavit stated.

Weaver, who has worked for the district since 2005, is in his second year of teaching at Sendera Ranch. He was a substitute teacher and then taught for two years at Prairie View Elementary School, according to a Northwest news release.

His school service record indicates that he was employed by the Springtown school district from 1999 to 2003, the school news release stated.

The offense of improper photography or visual recording is a state jail felony, punishable by six months to two years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine, according to the Parker County district attorney's office.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752