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Kennedale teacher accused of using hidden camera to record in bathroom

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A former standout football player at the Naval Academy who is now a science teacher and football coach at Kennedale High School was arrested Tuesday night, accused of mounting a video camera under a sink in a faculty bathroom, according to police.

Jason Tyrone Tomlinson, 29, has been charged with improper photo/visual recording without consent.

Police said a teacher was in the bathroom when a small 1-by-3-inch camera fell off a mount it was on. The mount had reportedly been Velcro-ed in place.

Investigators looked at the video, which showed both male and female teachers exposed while using the bathroom, according to arrest and search warrant affidavits.

The video was categorized by teacher name and contained rating comments like "fine" or "good," the documents state. Court documents also show Kennedale saved 33 video clips of one particular female teacher.

Police linked the camera to Tomlinson because they said he inadvertently captured images of his face on it while he put it in place.

Investigators seized computers and other electronic equipment from his house and the school.

They removed Velcro tape found under the sink in several other faculty bathrooms, the affidavits state, leading them to believe video was shot in more than one bathroom.

Part of the improper photography charge Tomlinson faces was ruled unconstitutional by a Texas appeals court in August 2013.

However, it shouldn't have any impact on his arrest. According to the Tarrant County District Attorney's office, the part that was ruled unconstitutional involved photos or video taken of people in public. But since the videos were taken in a place where there is an expectation of privacy, the law is still valid.

Tomlinson is a 2003 graduate of Kennedale High, and was a standout athlete when he was a student there.

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