Volunteer Basketball Coach at Adventist Academy Arrested for Videotaping Students Changing
8 February 2018 | Brenden Rajah, a volunteer basketball coach at Puget Sound Adventist Academy in Kirkland, Washington, has been arrested for alleged voyeurism.
USA Today reported that Rajah was accused of videotaping students changing into team uniforms in his office.
Two of the high school’s students found the videos on a tablet computer used by the athletic department. In the videos, female students are shown after they were invited individually into Rajah’s office to try on uniforms.
Kirkland police said that the students did not know they were being filmed. Law enforcement stated that Rajah could be seen in the videos adjusting the camera angle and turning the video on and off.
ABC affiliate King 5 News reported that the students who discovered the videos reported them to the school’s administration who, in turn, handed the evidence to Kirkland police. Rajah was arrested on Thursday, February 1, for investigation of first degree voyeurism.
According to local Fox affiliate TV station, Q13 FOX, the school provided the following statement by email:
“Puget Sound Adventist Academy is focused on helping our students move forward in dealing with a betrayal of trust this week.
“School officials are fully cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation of two videos found on a school iPad of athletes trying on uniforms. The coach, Brenden Rajah, who was questioned and arrested by Kirkland Police Department, has no further connection with the school.
“Safety in all forms is important to Puget Sound Adventist Academy. We actively work to nurture, guide, and protect students spiritually, academically, physically, and socially.”
Puget Sound Adventist Academy is operated by the Washington Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. It is coeducational and shares a campus with the K-8 Kirkland Seventh-day Adventist School.