Atascadero Police Department & Atascadero Unified School District -- Alleged Misconduct Investigation
Friday, August 30th at 12:17 pm – Notification was made by the Atascadero Unified School District to the Atascadero Police Department regarding the possibility of a district teacher who had inappropriately video-recorded the undergarments of female students. Upon immediate investigation, the Police Department determined that the reports were accurate. Search warrants were obtained and the Police Department collaborated with the SLO County District Attorney’s office for assistance in the investigation. Teacher Chris Lynn Berdoll, 48 years of age and a resident of Atascadero, was arrested today, Monday, September 10th at and has been charged with the following: PC 311.3(a), sexual exploitation of a child; PC 311.4(b), production of child pornography; PC 311.11, possession of child pornography.
Both the School District and the Police Department responded promptly to the allegations. Parents of the victims were notified and investigators are working closely with the District Superintendent and school staff. It currently appears that none of the schoolchildren involved were physically molested; however inappropriate videotaping did take place. The images obtained did not contain any adult contact with the children. In an effort to maintain the integrity of the investigation and confidentiality of the juvenile victims and their families, no additional information will be released at this time.
The Atascadero Police Department and the Atascadero Unified School District have a strong and cohesive working relationship. Both are firmly committed to student safety and are thankful to the individuals who brought forward their concerns.
“The courageous individuals who “saw something and said something,” allowed the District to take immediate action to ensure student safety,” stated Superintendent, Thomas Butler. “As a small part of our commitment to the wellbeing of the students, additional counselling services are being made available.”
The Police Department has contacted the parents of all known victims, but if anyone suspects their child may have been victimized, they are encouraged to contact the Atascadero Police Department. Contact information, Police Chief Jerel Haley or Police Lieutenant Jason Carr at (805) 461-5051 or Curt Eichperger, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Atascadero Unified School District office, (805) 462-4200.