CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Bond has been issued to a previous South Carolina high school employee after he confessed to videotaping two young boys in a locker room
Jeffrey Alan Scofield, 32, of North Charleston, is charged with two counts of voyeurism. Thursday, a judge issued two $50,000 personal recognizance bonds. As well as issuing a no-contact order to protect the two victims and their families.
According to CPD spokesman Charles Francis, the department was contacted by staff at the Bishop England High School in reference to video images of male students changing clothes in a locker room that were discovered on an electronic device.
Detectives from the Special Victims Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force immediately became involved in the investigation. The arrest affidavit says Scofield videotaped the children in February. After CPD received a complaint saying that Scofield knowingly recorded two victims for the purpose of his sexual desire and arousal, an investigation was launched.
Wednesday, Scofield voluntarily met with detectives and confessed to setting up his camera phone in between the blinds of his school office window that looks into the boy’s locker room.
“I definitely understand the severity of what I did,” Scofield said to a judge Thursday.
He also admitted to recording the video of the boys without their permission and keeping the video on his phone. A victim’s advocate spoke on the two boys behalf in court Thursday.
“They are shook that a trusted staff member took a video of their partially clothed child,” the victim’s advocate said. “A teenager should be focused on academics and other afterschool activities, they should not have to worry about a grown man videotaping them for his sick pleasure.”
According to the arrest affidavit, Scofield also told police he “liked younger guys,” and the reason he kept the video of the two was because they piqued his interest. The affidavit also said Scofield admitted to speaking with subjects on “Grindr.” It’s a social networking app for gay, bi and trans people.
He referenced it was “hot” that they were 15 years old.
If Scofield is found guilty of the two voyeurism charges, he could face up to 3 years in jail per charge. The judge told Scofield Thursday that he is not allowed in areas where youth congregate like high school events and playgrounds.
The Diocese of Charleston released a statement Thursday afternoon saying Scofield has been terminated.
“Bishop England administrators became aware of an incident involving Mr. Scofield yesterday morning, and in accordance with school and diocesan policy, they immediately contacted the police. They have and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement in its investigation.”
The statement goes on to say, “The safety of children and youth is a top priority at Bishop England High School, and in all schools and parishes throughout the Diocese of Charleston. All full-time employees, including Mr. Scofield, and all volunteers who have contact with children have been background screened and have attended safe environment training.”
This investigation is ongoing. If any other victims are identified, CPD said their families will be contacted.
Anyone with information about this incident are asked to call the Charleston Police Department Investigations Division at 843-720-2487 or Crimestoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.