High school coach accused of recording female students changing
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WXMI) — A rowing coach has been jailed on charges after police say he is suspected of recording girls changing at a Plainfield Township business.
On Friday, the Kent County Sheriff's Department was contacted by the Rockford Public Schools after a video camera was found that appeared to have video from inside the changing room area at the Rockford Crew House, 5501 Jupiter Ave. in Plainfield Township.
Two videos of females changing their clothes were found on the camera.
Police say the Rockford men's rowing head coach, Timothy Vallier, was responsible for taking the videos by hiding the camera in the changing area. He was arrested and the Kent County Prosecutor's Office has charged him with child sexually abusive activity, using a computer to commit a crime and child sexually abusive material.
"Stupid, absolutely stupid," Rockford Superintendent Michael Shibler told FOX 17. "He chose to make a very bad decision. I guarantee you if the facts are as just stated, he's done he is fired. He is over with, his employment is terminated."
Shibler said the female student who found the camera in the changing room took it home to her mother who immediately called police.
In addition to background checks, the district plans to find more ways to improve thoroughness when vetting potential employees, Shibler told FOX 17.
Vallier is currently being held at the Kent County Correctional Facility on $100,000 bond.
The Kent County Sheriff's Department is continuing to investigate the case. Anyone with any information is being asked to contact the Kent County Sheriff's Department.