Stark County: Grand jury indicts former coach on 8 felony charges

2:25 PM, Dec 5, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSON TOWNSHIP -- A Stark County grand jury has indicted former freshman basketball coach Scott D. Studer on 8 charges of illegal use of minor in a nudity-oriented material or performance, all felonies.

Studer is scheduled to appear in Stark County Common Pleas Court on Friday before Judge Frank G. Forchione. The case was transferred from Massillon Municipal Court. Studer is represented by attorney James Haupt.

Studer, 46, is accused of videotaping students in the boys locker room and showers with a hidden camera, then saving those images to a DVD, laptop and flash drive, all of which police confiscated in a search of his home after his arrest Nov. 15.

Stark County Prosecutor's office says Studer could be sentenced to up to 64 years in prison if he's convicted of all charges.

Police say the number of victims involved is now at 74 and the videotaping was being done starting as far back as 2005.

Jackson High School coach charged with putting cameras into shower room

Studer resigned from his position the day of his arrest.

Studer is well known in the community and was well liked by the students at Jackson High School. He had coached basketball for 27 years for the Jackson High Polar Bears and is an alumnus of Jackson High School.

In addition to coaching, he'd been employed as a building aide, checking visitors in and out of the front office. Studer also had access to security cameras at the school.

Jackson Township Police assisted The U.S. Postal Inspectors in serving a search warrant at Studer's home in a separate investigation of child pornography.

Inside the home, they discovered media, containing footage from inside the basketball locker room shower area. Upon questioning Studer, police learned Studer had assembled and disassembled hidden cameras in the locker room as he went in and out of the facility over the years.

Police believe more charges are pending, on a state and federal level.


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