Bakersfield police are investigating allegations of a teen secretly recording classmates using the restroom and arrested a 17-year-old accused of making the recordings.
Bakersfield police said officers arrested the 17-year-old on Friday, Jan. 4 in connection to the case.
According to a search warrant, the case involves at least two teens who attend Ridgeview High School.
The warrant states, a friend was using the restroom at the suspect’s home and noticed a bag placed awkwardly in his direction. The teen discovered he was being recorded by an electronic device.
The teen then picked up the device and saw the recording of himself using the restroom and the suspect placing the device down to record it.
According to the search warrant, the teen confronted the suspect and kept the device. In late December, the search warrant states, the teen found other videos on the device recorded by the suspect at restrooms and locker rooms at Ridgeview High School.
The teen reported the incident to his parents and staff at Ridgeview High School.
The Kern High School District released a statement Monday afternoon about the accusations. Read the full statement below:
The Kern High School District was shocked and disturbed to learn of allegations that some students have been surreptitiously videotaped at Ridgeview High School while in certain locations on campus. The Ridgeview High School administration immediately contacted law enforcement upon learning of these allegations and has been fully cooperating with law enforcement as they investigate. Our thoughts are with our students and the entire Ridgeview community.
These allegations are very troubling and we understand that there are questions and concerns. However, the District is unable to provide further details because it is obligated to protect the privacy and due process rights of the students and to not compromise the integrity of law enforcement’s ongoing investigation. If you have additional information about this case, please contact the Bakersfield Police Department.
Bakersfield police said the 17-year-old boy was arrested and booked in the Kern County Juvenile Hall on multiple counts of invasion of privacy.