Man pleads not guilty to first-degree voyeurism charge

Saqib Ahmad pleaded not guilty at his Nov. 27 arraignment to one count of first-degree voyeurism.

A case setting was scheduled for the 24-year-old man on Dec. 5.

Ahmad was arrested on Nov. 14 and released the next day on $50,000 bail.

On Oct. 26 King County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Northwood Middle School in unincorporated King County regarding an incident that occurred three days prior.

A 13-year-old student told deputies during his passing period he used the restroom and reported finding a note attached to a urinal.

According to the charging documents, the note said, “do you want to be my urinal buddy.” A drawing was also included on the note along with the name “Rodd Stark.”

The note encouraged the reader to added the user, Rodd Stark, on Snapchat.

The student reported the note to the school and told staff members that a male employee was in the bathroom at the same time.

The following day, Oct. 24, when the student went into the bathroom again between classes, another note reading “Rodd Stark” was found. The charging documents stated this note was disposed of by school employees.

On Oct. 25 the student used the same bathroom during his passing period but this time used it at a different time of day. According to the charging documents, the same male employee was in the bathroom.

The documents stated a third note was found on the urinal. This one read “do you like watching me at the urinal?”

An hour later during the next passing period, the student returned to the same restroom to find the same male employee in there.

This time as the student used the urinal, he noticed something was taped to the side of it. The student pulled on the device and realized it was an iPod, the documents stated.

The student confronted the male employee who was identified as Ahmad. He claimed the iPod was not his but offered to take it to the office and turn it in.

The documents stated the student kept the iPod and later turned it into school officials himself.

Ahmad was interviewed by a district employee at the Kent School District’s Administration Building and provided a pass code to unlock the iPod.

During his interview withe district employee, where no law enforcement were present, Ahmad admitted he taped the iPod to the side of the urinal, charging documents stated.

At the time, Ahmad denied leaving any notes in the bathroom and stated the iPod was not meant to record any children.

Two school district employees in the IT department looked through the iPod and found a number of different images and videos of a sexual nature.

On Oct. 27, deputies took a second statement from the student who provided more information. He said in the weeks leading up to the incident, Ahmad had been in the same bathroom at the same time at least every two days. The charging documents stated that during those times, Ahmad would be inappropriately touching himself.

On Nov. 6 a search warrant was granted for the iPod. A detective did a forensic download and provided detectives with data found.

According to the findings, it was determined the device belonged to Ahmad. A number of other videos, aside from those filmed in the bathroom, were found on the iPod.

When detectives arrested Ahmad he admitted to leaving the notes on the urinals knowing it was likely the 13-year-old student would find them. He also admitted to taping the iPod to the side of the urinal.

The charging documents stated Ahmad also admitted to two other occasions where he was in the bathroom inappropriately touching himself and looking at pornography.

Ahmad worked for the Kent School District from June 2014 to September 2014 and most recently started as an intern on Aug. 31, 2017. He has since been terminated from his position.

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