Affidavits: Camera in Kennedale High bathroom had video of 7 teachers

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A small thumb drive camera found in a Kennedale High School faculty bathroom contained videos of seven teachers undressing, according to arrest and search warrant affidavits obtained Thursday by the Star-Telegram.

Kennedale High assistant football coach Jason Tomlinson was arrested Tuesday night at his Mansfield home in connection with the camera and videos. He remained in custody on Thursday in the Mansfield Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. He faces a charge of improper photography or visual recording, police said, but charges could be added once the investigation is complete.

The 3-by-1-inch chrome metal and black plastic camera was found Monday morning by a male teacher when it fell from the underside of a sink as he washed his hands, an affidavit states.

School officials alerted police, and Tomlinson became a suspect when officers watched a video in which he inadvertently captured images of his face as he placed a camera under a sink, according to the affidavit.

Police found that the camera had been placed under the faculty bathroom sink with Velcro tape. They also found tape under another sink in a second faculty bathroom.

After seizing the camera, police viewed the videos and found that they included male and female teachers using the restroom, exposing their buttocks and genitals. Officers found several folders on the camera labeled with teachers’ names, according to the affidavits.

“Each video had been categorized by teacher name and contained rating comments such as ‘fine’ or ‘good,’” according to the affidavit.

Tomlinson was placed on administrative leave effective immediately, said school spokeswoman Erin Hyden.

“Kennedale ISD is shocked and deeply saddened by the allegations against Mr. Jason Tomlinson,” Hyden said Wednesday in an email. “Kennedale ISD is cooperating fully with law enforcement officials and we have taken all appropriate actions in accordance with the law and district policy.”

Detectives took Tomlinson into custody without incident.

Officers also removed computer equipment from Tomlinson’s home, Kennedale Police Chief Tommy Williams said.

“We also obtained a warrant and removed computer and related equipment from his school office,” he said.

School officials declined to confirm information about Tomlinson’s background. But according to Star-Telegram archives, Tomlinson was a standout athlete at Kennedale High School, where he graduated in 2003.

According to his biography on the Navy Football website, navysports.com, he also attended the U.S. Naval Academy.

His LinkedIn page shows he went to work at Kennedale High School in January 2013.

Staff Writer Bill Miller contributed to this report.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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