Kennedale coach, accused of improper photography, released from jail

03/25/2014 11:11 PM

03/25/2014 11:13 PM

The assistant Kennedale High football coach who was arrested last week, accused of videotaping fellow faculty members in a restroom, has been released from jail.

Jason Tomlinson, 29, has been charged with improper photography or visual recording. He was released from the Tarrant County Jail on Monday, according to court records.

His bail was originally set at $100,000, but was reduced to $5,000, records show.

Tomlinson was a standout athlete at Kennedale High School where he graduated in 2003. He went on to attend the U.S. Naval Academy, where he played football and excelled as a wide receiver.

He was arrested March 18 after police were called to the high school to investigate the discovery of a small thumb-drive camera found in a faculty bathroom.

It contained videos of seven teachers undressing, according to arrest and search warrant affidavits. Officers obtained search warrants and removed computer equipment from Tomlinson’s home and school office.

Tomlinson was placed on administrative leave effective immediately, school officials said. Conditions attached to his bail include no Internet access and he may not possess a computer or smart phone, according to the records.

This contains information from Star-Telegram archives.

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