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School staffer turns self in after reported gun violations, hidden cameras

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HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Milton Hershey School employee has been charged with gun violations and is under investigation for a hidden camera found in the bathroom of a student housing facility, according to police.

Marcus Edmond Burns, 28, turned himself in to authorities in Lancaster County sometime before 8:30 Friday night, according to Derry Township police.

Police charged Burns with three counts of possession of a weapon on school property.

The investigation into the camera is ongoing.

Police said the camera was secretly positioned and presumably was videotaping the activity of students who are 17 and 18 years old before it was found Thursday night.

Investigators searched Burns's apartment and found evidence related to the camera as well as three loaded handguns, a 9mm and two .45 caliber pistols, police said in charging documents.

Lisa Scullin, a school spokeswoman, said students found the camera in a bathroom of their transitional living facility, a dorm-like environment for students in their senior year.

She said Burns was questioned, terminated, and told that he may not return to the campus. Burns was a transitional living coordinator and was hired by the school in 2011.

Scullin said the school has begun its own full investigation.

It was not immediately known why the students were videotaped or how long the camera had been in the bathroom.

"Milton Hershey works diligently to protect its students, including background checks before an employee is hired and during their employment," Scullin said in a statement. "We work very hard to ensure that the best and most qualified candidates are hired to care for our students. Word that one of these people may have violated the trust that was placed in them is devastating to us."

Psychological staff has been made available to any students who may want to talk about the incident.

Anyone with information on the case may call Derry Township police at 717-534-2202 or their local police agency.

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