Middle School Employee Allegedly Used Hidden iPod to Record Student in Bathroom

The defendant was fired last month after the allegations against him surfaced

Northwood Middle School
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A 24-year-old Washington man has been arrested on suspicion of voyeurism after an iPod he owns was allegedly found taped to the inside of a middle school bathroom urinal, PEOPLE confirms.

The suspect’s name is being withheld as police continue to investigate. But a statement from the King County Sheriff’s Office states the suspect lives in Kent, Washington, and was a paid intern for the Kent School District, working with the IT department

The man was fired after the allegations surfaced.

According to the statement, district officials contacted the sheriff’s office on Oct. 26, after a student at Northwood Middle School reported finding notes “of a non-sexual nature,” addressed to one student specifically, taped to the inside of a urinal.

On both Oct. 24 and Oct. 25, the statement alleges the boy found similar notes in the school’s bathroom. Detectives were attempting to determine the author before discovering an iPod had also been taped to the inside the urinal.

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The suspect was arrested on Nov. 14 after police obtained a search warrant for his iPod.

The statement alleges that “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.”

The suspect also allegedly said he did not secretly film anyone at Kentridge High School, where he was also an employee.

According to the statement, police have found no evidence of any other potential victims.

PEOPLE was unable to reach the Kent School District.

But a statement from the district to KOMO states that “student safety is our highest priority” and notes “we invest substantial resources into safety and security and investigate all incidents and allegations thoroughly to ensure a safe learning environment for all students… We take all allegations of any staff misconduct seriously and will continue to assist and cooperate with law enforcement in this investigation.”

The statement concluded: “The Kent School District remains committed to protecting our students and ensuring they have a safe learning environment each and every day.”

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