By LEXI WILSON, KBAK, KBFX
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A high school student in California claims he and other boys were recorded on video using the restroom and inside the school’s locker room, according to court documents obtained Monday.
A 17-year-old boy found the recordings Dec. 28 while at home, though many of the recordings were reportedly made at Ridgeview High School. The victim is accusing his friend of making the recordings.
The boy was in his bathroom at home when he felt like he was being watched, spotted a suspiciously situated bag, and discovered a digital recording device. He examined the device and found it contained explicit, invasive video dating back a year, according to the court documents.
The boy then confronted his friend — who claimed the recordings were made to make a girlfriend jealous — and reported the situation to school officials.
Videos reportedly showed male students, including this boy, using the restroom or in various stages of undress in the locker room.
The suspect was booked into the Kern County Juvenile Hall on Friday on allegations of multiple counts of invasion of privacy.
The Kern High School District released the following statement:
“The Kern High School District was shocked and disturbed to learn of allegations that some students have been surreptitiously videotaped at Ridgeview High School while in certain locations on campus. The Ridgeview High School administration immediately contacted law enforcement upon learning of these allegations and has been fully cooperating with law enforcement as they investigate. Our thoughts are with our students and the entire Ridgeview community.These allegations are very troubling and we understand that there are questions and concerns. However, the District is unable to provide further details because it is obligated to protect the privacy and due process rights of the students and to not compromise the integrity of law enforcement’s ongoing investigation. If you have additional information about this case, please contact the Bakersfield Police Department.”