High School Basketball Coach Charged With Filming Players In Shower

A player discovered a camera pen hidden in the locker room and alerted authorities.

A high school basketball coach in Minnesota has been charged with secretly filming players while they were in the shower.

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After a game in December, a player on the Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton High School basketball team was looking for a pen to write down a play and retrieved one from a gym bag belonging to coach Zachary Roberts, 28.

He quickly discovered, though, that the pen was actually a camera, and reported it to school authorities and the Janesville Police Department.

A police spokesperson confirmed the camera contained footage of naked young men going into and out of the shower. Roberts admitted he used the pen to film team members more than 40 times, for sexual gratification.

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A student council adviser, Roberts also directed school musicals and led the show choir. He also served as a youth coordinator for St. Ann Catholic Church in Janesville.

He is being charged with four counts of interfering with the privacy minors and four counts of stalking a minor with sexual or aggressive intent.

Roberts will make his first appearance in Faribault County District Court on July 18.