Drama teacher had camcorder 'aimed' in dressing room

Drama teacher had camcorder 'aimed' in dressing room
Gary K. Taylor is seen with his attorney in an Oct. 1 court hearing.

AUBURN, Wash. – A drama teacher at Green River Community College has been arrested for allegedly placing a hidden camera in a changing room to record a female student.

Gary K. Taylor, 71, of Auburn was booked into the Regional Justice Center for investigation of voyeurism.

Sgt. Dave Colglazier said police were contacted by a 20-year-old student on Tuesday after she noticed the camera while she was changing. The student said Taylor had "wanted her to try on different dresses to see which one she should wear to the (school newspaper) interview," according to the statement of probable cause.

While trying on the dresses in the dressing room, the student "noticed a small black Sony video camera that was sticking out just slightly from between some pillows placed on an upper shelf inside the dressing room," the statement said, "and found that it had been aimed at her and had been recording her."

Investigators who reviewed the recording said Taylor could be seen on the video tape placing the camera on a shelf in the changing room.

Taylor was accompanied by an attorney when he turned himself in to police Thursday afternoon, Colglazier said.

A spokesperson for Green River Community College issued a written statement saying administrators have been made aware of the arrest: "We have been and will continue to cooperate with local authorities," the statement said. "We respect the privacy of all parties and will keep the campus updated when appropriate. We place a high value on student safety."

Taylor, who has been working at the college since 1967, is scheduled to make his first court appearance Friday afternoon.

Colglazier said Taylor has no known criminal history.

School officials said they had not received any prior complaints about Taylor.

"We take student safety seriously, and it's of concern to us," college spokesman John Ramsey said. "We have been and we will be cooperating with the Auburn Police Department."