Shawnee teenager charged with felony breach of privacy over photos police say they found on his phone

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SHAWNEE, Kan. -- Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe filed charges Tuesday against a 17-year-old student accused of breaching the privacy of fellow students at Mill Valley High School in Shawnee.

The 17-year-old has been charged with 11 counts of breach of privacy.

According to the complaint the teen used a camera 'for the purpose of viewing the body of, or the undergarments worn by that other person, without the consent or knowledge of that other person, with intent to invade the privacy of the other person..."

The charge is a felony, and some at the school reacted on Tuesday.

“I know everybody makes mistakes and not a lot of people know what kids are going through nowadays. I’m not saying what he did was right. I know he knows what he did was wrong and he regrets it, I know that he’s a good kid deep down,” Chase Midyett, who graduated from Mill Valley over the weekend, said.

The incidents allegedly happened on or about February 5, February 19, February 26, March 8, March 9, March 22, March 29, March 31, April 26 and May 2.

"It’s something he did wrong but you’ve got to feel bad for the kid because now it’s affecting his whole life and it’s negatively impacting his future,” Megan Feuerborn, who graduated from Mill Valley over the weekend, said.

Police say the suspected breach of privacy case first came to light after a male student at Mill Valley High told administrators he saw the student taking inappropriate cell phone video and pictures of female students. Administrators then called police.

"It's definitely going around our school. A lot of people are talking about it. We're all kind of just shocked," said 17-year-old Kelsey Poje, a junior at Mill Valley High School in Shawnee, who spoke to FOX 4 earlier this month.

Investigators say the inappropriate incidents happened in hallways, on stairwells, in libraries and during passing periods at Mill Valley High.

"We have the video. There's absolutely no mistake in what he did. This was an intentional act," said Major Dan Tennis with the Shawnee Police Department shortly after his arrest.

Police say the cell phone video and snapshots they seized from the boy's cell phone show him looking under the skirts of "numerous female students."

"I do not want to release a specific number, but I can say the girls had no idea and when told they were absolutely just horrified that it happened," said Major Tennis."We notified the girls whose emotions range from anger to devastation to being horrified, to crying. Of course, we also notified their parents, too."

A spokesman for the De Soto School District said the teen, a junior at the high school was suspended after the allegations came to light.

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