Teens under investigation after reportedly setting up cameras in locker room

Published: Oct. 6, 2017 at 10:32 PM MDT
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The Huerfano County Sheriff's Department is investigating after four middle school boys allegedly set up their phone cameras in a locker room to record middle school girls changing.

The young girls in the locker room spotted them and handed them over to their coach.

Parents in Huerfano County told 11 News they were surprised to hear the news.

"It's shocking, it is, just because everyone deserves their privacy. I'm just glad they got caught honestly,” Rosa Kongta said.

Huerfano County Re-1 Superintendent Michael Moore didn't mince words when commenting on the allegations.

"I find it a reprehensible act by our kids," he told 11 News, calling the discovery "wrong, disgusting and illegal."

Trinidad School District 1’s superintendent, Scott Mader, says the girls were using what is normally a boy’s locker room at Peakview School in Walsenberg.

"Of course we didn’t want our students to be compromised over there,” Mader said.

Reportedly, the phones did not record any of the girls changing.

"No videos were found on those phones. Well, I shouldn't say no video, three of those phones, there was nothing, on one phone they were just videos of an empty locker room,” Mader said.

That doesn't change the fact that the four boys reportedly tried to get video of the girls.

"I have a little girl, so yeah, it's very bothersome,” Kongta said.

"Anytime you've got the invasion of privacy involved that matter is serious," Moore said. "And especially serious when that investigation of privacy involves potential filming of young people in a state of undress."

If the boys had captured any video, it could be considered child pornography.

"It lasts forever, not only on the victim but on the individuals that took the videos. Yes, it's life-changing,” Mader said.

It’s unclear if any criminal charges will be filed. Moore said if the school finds it appropriate, once the investigation is complete, suspension is the most likely punishment.