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  • Jackson coach accused of taking photos of nude boys

  • Scott D. Studer, 46, a Jackson Township basketball coach, was arrested Wednesday, accused of making videos in the shower area of the boys locker room.

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  • With a Jackson High School basketball coach arrested on allegations that he videotaped nude boys in a locker room, local police and school officials were fielding questions from irate parents Wednesday.
    How long had it been going on?
    Was my child filmed?
    Did anyone else know about the camera?
    Were the images shared?
    Not all of the questions were answered during a 5 p.m. news conference, when authorities shared what they said they know about the arrest of Scott D. Studer — a fixture with the school’s basketball programs for years.
    Studer, 46, faces multiple felony counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. More charges are possible, including federal counts.
    He resigned Wednesday from his Jackson Local School District job as a building aide and head coach of the high school freshmen basketball team.
    Studer has been a part of the Jackson program as a freshman coach going back more than two decades. In addition to coaching the ninth-graders, he also has been a fixture on the varsity bench over the years.
    Authorities, including an inspector with the federal government, used a search warrant to enter Studer’s home at 5141 Pin Oak Drive NW at about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday.
    The search revealed images of nude boys inside the locker room at Jackson High, according to complaints police filed in Massillon Municipal Court.
    Images were downloaded and stored on a DVD, a laptop computer and flash drive, according to the police complaints.
    “The cameras were placed at different times when he had access to the locker room,” said police Chief Dave Zink. “The information that we discovered (Wednesday) was part of a larger investigation of the (U.S.) Postal Service. For the past eight years, he sporadically brought these cameras to the school.”
    Zink would not elaborate Wednesday on the details of the federal investigation.
    Zink said Studer is facing eight felony counts, though court records showed six counts were filed Wednesday.
    The cameras, according to police, were hidden in the locker room and were turned toward the shower area.
    As authorities questioned Studer, “he shared certain facts in relation to the case,” Zink said.
    Roughly 50 people attended the news conference at the township Safety Center to question Zink and school district Superintendent Chris DiLoreto.
    Several parents, such as Vicky Smith, expressed disappointment with how school officials handled the matter.
    Smith said a proper action would have been “just contacting the families of the boys that were possibly involved, allow us to decide how we should proceed. I don’t think the Board of Education handled this correctly.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Smith has a 15-year-old son on the high school freshman basketball team.
    Another parent, Shayne Rowlands, said he has two sons who played basketball for Jackson High.
    “I want to know if either of my boys are on those videos,” Rowlands said. “And where did these videos go? I am sure there must be some kind of distribution.”
    Zink repeatedly said he does not have evidence that Studer shared any nude images of boys.
    “I cannot give you any indication how many people are in these images,” Zink said. “These images, to my knowledge, were not shared with others. We are going to continue to try to identify the victims.”
    But the police chief added, “We anticipate federal charges in addition to these state charges.”
    During the press briefing, some parents demanded DiLoreto explain why Studer was not fired; why he was allowed to resign.
    The superintendent said he did not want to risk violating any of Studer’s “rights” by firing the coach who is not convicted of the charges.
    “He will not be returning to work,” DiLoreto said.

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