Crime

Former York teaching aide had bathroom pics of student on school computer, police say

Jonathan Lamont King
Jonathan Lamont King

A former York Intermediate School employee was arrested Wednesday after a student found a camera in a school bathroom, according to York Police Department.

Jonathan Lamont King, 44, a former school instructional assistant, turned himself in Wednesday to York Police. He has been charged with two counts of voyeurism and one count of first-degree exploitation of a minor, police said.

The student’s mother told York police on Nov. 19 that her daughter found a video camera in a classroom bathroom on Nov. 16, a report says.

Det. Kevin Hoffman of the York Police Department said the 11-year-old student found a small camera taped to the bathroom sink, pointed at the toilet.

The restroom was a unisex bathroom in the in-school suspension classroom, assigned to King, Hoffman said.

The student’s mother told police that her daughter told a York School District employee, who was later identified as King, about the camera and gave it to him. King told the student that he would tell school administration, according to the police report.

The parent said she contacted police because she didn’t hear from the school about the incident, the statement says.

York police detectives said the school administration had not been told about the incident.

Detectives and York School District administrators identified the employee as King and seized his school-issued computer, police said.

The statement says the warrants were issued after a “thorough analysis of the computer.”

Hoffman said the analysis showed someone had attempted to delete all preexisting data from the computer’s hard drive. The computer was assigned to King by the school.

The analyst was able to find pictures on the computer from a deleted video of one juvenile student using the bathroom in the ISS classroom, Hoffman said. Police aren’t sure how long the camera was in the bathroom, he said.

Hoffman said the case was an isolated incident.

King has been a York School District 1 employee for nine years, district spokesman Tim Cooper said. This was his second year at York Intermediate School.

Before transferring to York, Cooper said King worked at York Comprehensive High School. Cooper said he was not aware of any complaints lodged against King at the high school and that the transfer to the middle school was not mandated by the district.

Cooper said the school district didn’t contact York Intermediate parents about the incident. He said it’s “not our place to make announcements about ongoing police investigations.”

Cooper said the school district is still trying to determine which students, or how many, may have been affected.

Cooper said in an email: “King was immediately removed from the building when York Police contacted the district with the allegation, and was placed on administrative leave. The district cooperated with York Police fully, and continues to support their investigation.”

Cooper said King resigned from his job on Nov. 29.

“We would continue to encourage both our students and our families to let us know of their concerns,” he said. “We can’t address something we don’t know about.”

King was released on bond at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to jail records.

The case remains under investigation.

Hannah Smoot: 803-329-4068

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