Arrest Made In Locker Room Videotaping
Rec Center responds
Fremont students may have been videotaped while in the locker room of the Fremont Recreation Authority Center by an employee of the center.
Superintendent Ken Haggart told news sources that the district was made aware of the situation Wednesday morning and has been alerting the parents of the students who may have been involved.
Mr. Haggart also stated that students will not be attending swim class until the district gets more information about what happened.
On Thursday afternoon the Prosecutor’s Office...
...released this statement:
Newaygo County Prosecuting Attorney, Ellsworth J. Stay Jr., and Fremont Police Department Chief, Randy Wright, announced that Jakob Scott Bradley, of Fremont, was arrested after an investigation of activities that allegedly occurred in a locker room at the Fremont Recreational Authority.
Mr. Bradley has been charged with three felony counts: Eavesdropping- Installing/Using Device, Computers- Using to Commit a Crime and Capturing/Distributing Image of an Unclothed Person.
A probable cause conference is set for April 4, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the 78th District Court.
Mr. Bradley is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Earlier in the day Fremont Community Recreation Authority Executive Director Thomas Elmer released this statement:
At approximately 5:30 AM Wednesday morning, March 22nd, 2017 I was contacted by a pool lifeguard on duty that there was a cell phone found on the pool deck with potentially inappropriate material on it. The phone was turned into me by the lifeguard shortly thereafter. I immediately brought the phone over to the Fremont Police Department for further investigation, from where they discovered video of our women's locker room that had been taken on March 8th of this year.
The phone belonged to an FCRA lifeguard employee, who was taken into police custody that same morning. Working with Fremont Police and Fremont Public Schools, the parents of the alleged victims were contacted yesterday afternoon.
The FCRA performs extensive federal background checks on all employees before they can secure employment with us. At this point we are reviewing our policies and procedures for opening and closing the pool, as well monitoring electronic devices inside the Rec. Center's facilities. To our understanding this is an isolated incident, and we will take all necessary steps and precautions to insure an incident like this does not happen again at the Community Recreation Center.
Thank you for your understanding in the matter, and we refuse to let the reputation of our facility and our community be stained by the actions of one individual.
N3 will continue to provide coverage in this matter as information becomes available.