Missouri Teacher Pleads Guilty to Filming Students in the Bathroom

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click to enlarge William Derek Williams faces between 15 and 30 years for his crimes. - VIA CLINTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
William Derek Williams faces between 15 and 30 years for his crimes.
A Missouri high school teacher has pleaded guilty this week to charges of producing child pornography after he used a hidden camera to film students while they used the bathroom in his home.

William Derek Williams, 39, held a part-time position as a high school multimedia teacher at Cameron High School, just north of Kansas City, at the time of his crimes. Local station KQ2 reports that he also spent time as a camp volunteer and a foster parent.

According to Buzzfeed, Williams admitted in court that he'd used a spy cam designed to look like a cellphone charger to film three teenage boys in the bathroom of his home over a five-year period. The footage he captured shows the teens using the toilet, showering and masturbating, with no knowledge of the camera.

The footage was captured between January 2013 and September 2018, when Williams was arrested.

Williams' victims were all between fourteen and sixteen years old at the time of the filming. One of the victims, a fifteen-year-old, became suspicious after Williams told him the charger in the bathroom had to remain plugged in there. Upon inspection, the boy was able to open the device and find an SD card, which he then put in his phone. On it, he found videos of a young man using the toilet.

The teen took the camera with him. Williams later contacted him, asking about the whereabouts of the device, Buzzfeed reports. The teen replied that he knew it was a camera, whereupon Williams asked that he destroy it. The boy took it to authorities instead.

Upon a search, investigators found multiple videos of the fifteen-year-old on the SD card, as well as on a second memory card and on Williams' laptop. Additional footage was found of two other boys between the ages of fourteen and sixteen. All three teens were filmed masturbating; one even reportedly did so while Williams was in the room.

Williams faces between 15 and 30 years in prison upon sentencing.

In addition to the federal charges, he is facing a state charge of of second-degree sodomy, to which he has pleaded not guilty. That case's next hearing is set for October 17.
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