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Man suspected of hiding phones to film in bathrooms faces a voyeurism charge — again

Eight years ago, Scott Kegley was charged with voyeurism after he was spotted taking upskirt photos at a South Hill department store. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and walked away with a suspended sentence.

Tuesday, Pierce County prosecutors charged Kegley with voyeurism again, a day after a co-worker at a Sumner coffee shop discovered a pair of iPhones hidden in paper towel dispensers in the bathrooms, filming the toilets.

The first phone was in the women’s restroom, according to charging papers. The co-worker stepped in and “heard it vibrating,” Sumner police spokeswoman Carmen Palmer said.

The first phone was in the women’s restroom, according to charging papers. The co-worker stepped in and “heard it vibrating,” Sumner police spokeswoman Carmen Palmer said.

The woman checked a second unisex restroom and found another phone hidden in similar fashion, also actively filming. She checked the video footage and used her own phone to record the images of a man placing the phone in the dispenser. She recognized Kegley, who had worked at the coffee shop for nine years, court records state.

Sumner police officers arrested Kegley on Monday after quizzing him about the phones. Kegley, 39, said at first he didn’t know anything about them. Police told him they had seen the footage of Kegley placing the phone in the bathroom and asked him how many phones he used.

“Only two,” Kegley said. “It’s not what it looks like.”

He said he was investigating possible drug use at the coffee shop and wanted to catch it on film.

Records from the 2009 case state that Kegley followed a woman around the store and “reached under the skirt of the female guest with his cellular device.” His defense attorney at the time argued that evidence was limited. The voyeurism charge was amended to criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor. Kegley pleaded guilty.

Following Monday’s arrest, Kegley was fired from his job at the coffee shop, Palmer said.

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