Ohio Basketball Coach Scott Studer Pleads Guilty to Videotaping Boys, Sentence Includes Sending Money to Newtown


A former basketball coach from Ohio was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to videotaping boys taking showers in a locker room over the span of eight years.

Scott Studer will serve 15 years in prison and pay a $5,000 fine that the judge mandated be given to the Conn. community where a gunman killed 20 children and six others last week.

Studer, 46, worked at Jackson High School near Canton as the freshman boys basketball coach and as a school building aide. The DVDs were found after the U.S. Postal Inspection Service searched Studer’s home last month. The service has not commented on what tipped them off to conduct the search.  

Studer pleaded guilty to his charges, which were eight counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. Authorities have identified at least 74 different boys on the video tapes, and have notified the victims, who are now adults, and the victim’s parents of the videotaping.

The judge who sentenced Studer, Judge Frank Forchione, has ordered the tapes to be destroyed and banned Studer for life from Jackson High School and contacting any of the victims.

The judge has not identified a specific fund for the $5,000 fine to go, only that it goes to the Newtown, Conn. community. 


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