Authorities: Swim Coach Hid Cameras In Locker Rooms
Man Faces Separate Child Porn Charge
10:17 AM, Feb 7, 2008
A Kokomo High School swimming coach told investigators he hid video cameras in locker rooms at two schools, a confession that came after someone alleged finding videos of a naked female teen on a computer the coach had sold, the FBI said in an affidavit.Authorities didn't find those videos, but it did find eight child pornography videos not linked to the schools during a search of Brian D. Hindson's home Tuesday, according to the affidavit filed in federal court.Hindson, 40, of Westfield, who also leads the Westfield-based Central Indiana Aquatics swim club, was arrested Thursday on a federal charge of child pornography possession relating to the videos found at his home, the U.S. Department of Justice said.Hindson (pictured) admitted to investigators Tuesday that he hid video cameras in locker rooms at Kokomo High School and Westfield High School -- where the swim club operated -- but investigators do not allege that Hindson produced any of the video for which he was charged, the Justice Department said.The Kokomo-Center Township Consolidated school system fired Hindson, who coached KHS's boys' and girls' swim teams for the past two years, on Wednesday. Police and school officials did not find any video recording equipment during a search of Kokomo High School locker rooms on Tuesday night, the school system said.Thomas Little, superintendent of Kokomo-Center Township schools, said investigators informed him they believe Hindson had been secretly videotaping the girls' locker rooms "for the last two years."
Investigation Started In 2006
The FBI's probe began in March 2006, when two people in North Carolina told the agency they found two videos -- showing what appeared to be a high school female in a locker room changing out of a bathing suit -- on a computer that Hindson had sold them on eBay, according to the affidavit filed in federal court in Indianapolis.The FBI could not find the videos when it examined the computer, but it did find images of "two young females posing in a shower," the affidavit said. The affidavit didn't say what might have happened to the videos.On Jan. 29, the FBI's division in Charlotte, N.C., gave the information to the FBI's Indianapolis division, which talked to Kokomo police.On Tuesday, Kokomo police searched locker rooms at Kokomo High School and determined that the descriptions of the videos given by the two North Carolina residents matched the girls' swimming locker room at the school's Memorial Gym, the affidavit said.Police also interviewed Hindson on Tuesday, and Hindson admitted to hiding cameras in locker rooms at Kokomo High School and Westfield High School, according to the affidavit.Hindson had access to Westfield High School because his Central Indiana Aquatics club rented the pool there, 6News reported.During a search of Hindson's home, authorities found on an external hard drive eight videos -- not linked to the high schools -- of minors engaging in sex acts, the Justice Department said.
School Officials Tell Students, Parents Of Allegations
School officials have told KHS's boys' and girls' swimming teams and the athletes' parents of the allegations, and crisis counselors were made available to the athletes and their parents after the meetings, the Kokomo-Center Township school system said.Nicole Parry, a former KHS swimmer, said that from she had heard from officials, she had left the team before Hindson is alleged to have secretly placed cameras in locker rooms."I'm more mad that my friends were violated, and I really am angry with him about this, because he doesn't know how much this hurts people," she told 6News' Ray Cortopassi.Justin Whalen, a current KHS swimmer, said he was in disbelief."I never thought he'd end up putting cameras in a locker room and videotaping people," Whalen said.Hindson was being held Thursday without opportunity for bail.Anyone convicted of child pornography possession may be punished by a prison term of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000, the Justice Department said.
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