School custodian used phone to record girls in locker room, sheriff says

School custodian used phone to record girls in locker room, sheriff says

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Oconee County Sheriff's Office
Timothy Brian Burnette
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  • He was arrested Wednesday at Oconee County High School.
  • Parents of students affected by this have been contacted, the principal said.
  • The custodian was fired after the arrest.

A custodian at a northeast Georgia high school was arrested Wednesday after officials found a cellphone in a gym locker room that was used to record female students, the sheriff said.

Oconee County High School custodian Timothy Brian Burnette, 40, of Union Point, is charged with unlawful eavesdropping or surveillance, Sheriff Scott Berry said in a statement.

Investigators, who were notified by school officials, arrested Burnette on the campus and alerted the GBI, he said. The GBI searched Burnette's residence. It’s not clear if agents found anything during the search.

The sheriff's office also notified the FBI of the situation, Berry said. 

Burnette is in the Oconee County jail awaiting his first court appearance.

Oconee County Schools fired him after the arrest, school district spokeswoman Anisa Sullivan Jimenez said. He had just been hired in August.

Jimenez said Oconee County High School principal Ben Wiggins sent a letter to parents Thursday morning about the arrest.

“Parents of students affected by this have been contacted,” Wiggins wrote in the letter. “Law enforcement is conducting an investigation into this incident and we will continue to cooperate accordingly.” 

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