Spy Cam Coach Pleads Not Guilty; $2M Bond
JACKSON TWP., Ohio –The high school basketball coach accused of secretly videotaping students as they showered has plead not guilty.
Scott Studer, 46, of Massillon, is charged with six counts of illegal use of minority in nudity oriented material, a second degree felony. He faces 2-8 years on each charge.
Studer is the head freshman basketball coach and building aid at Jackson High School. He has allegedly videotaped students in the boys’ locker room since 2005.
“He brought cameras in with him and used those cameras when he was in the locker room,” Chief Dave Zink of the Jackson Township Police Department said.
Zink said Studer would set up the secret cameras when he had access to the locker room, and the cameras were not there all the time.
Many current and former students are concerned their images are on those tapes.
“I mean that’s really the major appalling thing about the whole situation is, what if I’m on there? What is a bunch of people are on there?” said former Jackson High School football player Nic Joy, a junior, who said he has showered in the same locker room.
“Everybody’s concerns here are our boys in those videos and what was occurring,” said Shayne Rowland, a parent of two of Studer’s former basketball players.
According to the Jackson Twp. Police Department, detectives assisted United States Postal Inspectors in the execution of a search warrant at Studer’s home on Pin Oak Drive in Massillon around 6:15 a.m. on Wednesday where they allegedly found the videos of the students showering.
At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, police said they are going through the tapes trying to identify any victims. They said there is nothing at this time to indicate that Studer shared or traded the images with anyone.
The news conference was packed with visibly shaken parents and students.
“[Studer] did tell parents last year during a parent meeting that all the kids must shower after every practice and every game, every home game,” parent Dave Grider said.
Police said they searched the school after Studer was arrested and did not find any other cameras.
Superintendent Chris DiLoreto said Studer has submitted his resignation. He says in 25 years, there has been nothing notable on Studer’s record that would have alarmed them.
Some parents were upset that the school did not notify them of the allegations, and they found out about Studer’s arrest through media reports or their children.
Studer has been booked into the Stark County Jail.
Police said the post office is investigating a separate child pornography case and Studer could face federal charges related to that investigation.
Police would not disclose any more about the federal investigation, saying it was on-going and they did not want to compromise it by releasing any more information.
Studer remains behind bars on 2 million dollars bond. He’s set to be back in court on November 21.