Court: Scott Studer lower bond denied, trial date set

7:09 PM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
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CANTON -- A defense request to lower the $2 million bond for former coach Scott D. Studer was denied Thursday afternoon.

The next court date is a pretrial at 9 a.m. Dec. 19 and Studer's trial has been scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 29 before Stark County Common Pleas Court Judge Frank G. Forchione.

Studer, 46, of Massillon, formerly the head freshman basketball coach and building aide at Jackson High School, is accused accused of secretly video recording his players and student-athletes as they showered nude.

As of late November, the total number of victims had risen to 74.

Prosecutors say that the cameras in the locker rooms' shower areas had been recorded as far back as 2005.

He remains in the Stark County jail, so far facing eight felony charges of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material.

Studer is well known in the community, and was well liked by the students at Jackson High School.

He had coached basketball for 27 years and is an alumnus of Jackson High School. He resigned Nov. 14, the day he was arrested.

Studer also had access to security cameras at the school.

Jackson Township Police assisted U.S. Postal Inspectors in serving a search warrant at Studer's home Nov. 14, in a separate investigation of child pornography.

Inside the home, they discovered media, containing footage from inside the basketball locker room shower area. Upon questioning Studer, police learned Studer had assembled and disassembled hidden cameras in the locker room as he went in and out of the facility over the years.

Police believe more charges are pending, on a state and federal level. Investigators are not sure how many hours of footage Studer recorded, or exactly how many students he filmed over the years.

High school parents who found out about the investigation through their children instead of school officials were angry that the district did not notify parents first.

Studer is represented by attorney James Haupt.

If convicted, he faces a sentence ranging from probation to 64 years in prison.


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