Police said Friday afternoon that they have identified 14 more Jackson High School students who were secretly videotaped in a locker room.
Police have identified 14 more Jackson High student-athletes who were videotaped nude in locker room showers.
Four detectives — using laptops, big-screen TVs to enlarge and zoom in on images, and an array of school yearbook and sports programs — were able to place names to the 14 boys on Friday. Police notified parents of the boys, said Police Chief David Zink.
In all, 38 boys have been identified.
And there may be more.
The man accused of filming the boys, Scott D. Studer, remained in Stark County Jail Friday on a $2 million bond. He’s charged with six counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.
A freshman basketball coach at Jackson High since 1985, and a building aide in the school, Studer resigned from both jobs Wednesday afternoon while being interviewed by police.
Police said the 46-year-old Studer has admitted filming boys off an on for the past eight years. However, Studer told them none of the footage from the Jackson locker room was shared, according to Zink.
As evidence continues to come to light, school officials are providing students ongoing counseling. They also assured victims of tapings that the district will not tolerate insensitivity toward victims or suspected victims.
STUDENTS ASKED FOR SENSITIVITY
On Friday, High School Principal Monica Myers addressed all students. In her statement, she indicated the tapings were primarily of basketball players, but that other athletes may have been taped as well. Zink said other sports teams did share the same locker room.
Police first discovered evidence of videotaping while they were assisting the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in a search of Studer’s Pin Oak Avenue NW home shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday.
The Postal Service had a search warrant believed to be related to an ongoing child pornography investigation. During an on-site cursory search of Studer’s computer and other devices, Jackson officers noticed that some images were shot in the Jackson High locker room.
Zink said the Postal Service confiscated the computer and other devices, but turned over a disc that contained nude images of 24 boys, all of them saved from videotape shot in the locker room.
The Postal Service forwarded more video footage and images to Jackson Police on Friday, enabling detectives to identify 14 additional boys. Files of images of some boys included their first names, Zink said.
Police expect to receive more evidence from federal authorities on Monday morning and perhaps in days to follow.
“They are going through it and pulling out pockets, then getting it to us,” Zink said.
LOCAL AND FEDERAL CASES
Studer, who played basketball for four years at Jackson, graduated from the school in 1984. He began coaching the freshman basketball team the following season.
Page 2 of 2 - Studer lived with his mom in the home he grew up in — his father died four years ago.
Although some parents told detectives that Studer was “creepy,” none has accused him of inappropriate physical contact.
“Nothing to lead us to believe that,” Zink said.
Stark County prosecutors plan to move forward with the Jackson-related charges in addition to the Postal Service investigation. Studer has not been charged with any federal crime.
“There’s going to be a case here in Stark County,” Prosecutor John D. Ferrero said Friday, provided they get an indictment from a grand jury.
Ferrero said he believed the federal investigation is continuing.
“It’s really two different types of charges,” he said, declining to elaborate.
Generally, when charges can be filed in either federal or state court, the investigative agencies get together and examine evidence and the charges available in each court system, before making a decision, said Mike Tobin, spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Cleveland.
Tobin would not say whether such a meeting has taken place, nor would he comment on any other aspect of this case.
Ferrero asked anyone with information to contact Jackson Township police at 330-830-6264.
Studer is scheduled to appear in Massillon Municipal Court on Wednesday for a hearing where authorities could be asked to reveal more details of the investigation.
Shane Hoover contributed to this story.