No arrests in alleged voyeurism incident at BCMS

January 25, 2004|GARY MOYERS

Kentucky State Police still are investigating an alleged videotaping incident at Boyle County Middle School last week, but no arrests have been made in the case.

A spokesman for the KSP post in Richmond said Saturday that no charges have been filed in the incident, and that she expected charges, if any, would not be made until after the weekend.

KSP Detectives Chris Crockett and Monte Owens are heading the investigation, and police were at the school Thursday. Police have not commented on what has been found to this point, nor would they say what may have been removed from the classroom office for the investigation. They also would not comment on whether or not a search warrant has been executed at the home of the accused teacher.

Commonwealth's Attorney Richard Bottoms said Saturday the initial focus of the investigation was to ensure future incidents would not occur, and now the involved agencies are conducting a "thorough investigation of the allegation."


"An investigation of this type will take time," he said. "There is a great deal of evidence to examine."

Superintendent Pam Rogers sent a letter home with students Friday advising parents of the investigation, but giving no details about the actual case.

The letter detailed steps taken by the system when the allegation was reported, and said the accused teacher was put on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Rogers said in the letter the system is cooperating with the state police, and that police have asked administrators not to comment on the situation. She also told parents counselors are available for students, parents and staff members, and arrangements have been made for additional counseling from outside the middle school if needed.

The incident in question allegedly occurred Tuesday when some students in a photography class needed a place to change into costumes. According to the mother of one of the girls involved, the girls were told they could change clothing in a room used for audio-visual recording.

The parent said one of the girls realized a camera was on while she was in the office, and she removed the tape and took it home. Some of the students apparently approached assistant principal Rob Pendygraft Wednesday with their concerns about the possibility that a tape or tapes existed. Rogers said Pendygraft reacted by calling his supervisors, and state police were contacted within the hour.

Bottoms said speculation about potential charges is premature until the investigation is complete and depend on what the tape or tapes show. They could range from misdemeanor voyeur and unlawful transaction with a minor charges, to felony and even federal charges if unlawful material is transmitted via mail or the Internet.

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