Crime

Ex-teacher who watched girls in school locker room pleads guilty

A former teacher accused of surreptitiously watching students change in the girls’ locker room of a Tacoma-area private school pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted voyeurism.

Anthony Natalie Jr., 38, was the boys soccer coach and a teacher at Evergreen Lutheran High School, where in October he watched the girls by disturbing the blinds of a storage room window that looked into the locker room, according to charging papers.

Pierce County prosecutors charged Natalie with voyeurism in January. As part of his agreement to plead to the lesser charge, they recommended he be sentenced to a year of confinement, with all but 30 days suspended.

That means that if Natalie has trouble with the law in the next year, he will have to serve the remaining 11 months.

Deputy Prosecutor Heather DeMaine said she’d spoken with the Evergreen High principal, and that the school supported the recommendation.

Superior Court Judge Edmund Murphy accepted the sentence recommendation, and agreed that Natalie, who has no known prior offenses, can serve the month on electronic home monitoring.

He will need to register as a sex offender, and will be allowed contact with his own children, but will be able to attend events where minors are present only if his wife is there.

Natalie’s days a teacher, he told the court, are over.

“I take responsibility for my actions,” he said. “... I’ll be looking for a new career, but it will not be in the teaching profession.”

Defense attorney Bradley Johnson said the incident had devastated Natalie and his family, and asked that a psychosexual evaluation Natalie completed for the court not be filed as a public record.

Murphy rejected the request, saying the need for the evaluation to be part of the record outweighed privacy concerns.

He noted the evaluation indicated Natalie doesn’t need further treatment, and by and large said good things about him.

“It’s as innocuous as any psychosexual report that I’ve read,” the judge said.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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