A 24-year-old Kent man – a Kent School District employee – was booked into the King County Jail on felony voyeurism charges after an iPod was found taped to the inside of a urinal at Northwood Middle School in unincorporated King County, the King County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.
The suspect was a paid intern with the school district’s IT department and had also worked at Kentridge High School, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
On Oct. 26, school district officials notified the Sheriff’s Office that a student at Northwood had found notes of a non-sexual nature that appeared to be addressed specifically to him, taped to the side of a urinal as well as an iPod attached to the inside of the same urinal. The student had found and given school officials other similar notes that he had found over the previous two days, the Sheriff’s Office said, but it was unknown who they were from at that point and what the intent of them were.
After the iPod was found and they determined it belonged to an employee, school officials immediately removed the employee from service and notified the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded and collected evidence that was turned over to Special Assault Unit Detectives.
On Tuesday, following a search warrant of the iPod, the suspect was arrested at his home without incident, the Sheriff’s Office said.
During an interview with detectives, the suspect admitted that he was taking the video for sexual gratification and claimed that he had only been targeting the one victim at the middle school and nobody at the high school, the Sheriff’s Office said. Detectives did not find evidence of any other victims during their search warrant of the iPod.
School district officials are fully cooperating and helping the Sheriff’s Office in the ongoing investigation.