TWIN FALLS, Idaho -- Police arrested a 34-year-old Buhl, Idaho, man Tuesday under a Latah County warrant based on charges he secretly videotaped high school girls showering in his hotel bathroom during a June Future Farmers of America Convention in Moscow.
Roger L. Wells was charged this week with video voyeurism and destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence, both felonies, following an investigation started when the boyfriend of a Castleford High School student came forward to Twin Falls law enforcement with a video camera he claimed Wells used to record the girl showering.
According to a probable cause affidavit by Moscow Police Detective Scot Gleason, Wells, a former agriculture teacher and girls' junior varsity basketball coach at CHS, was a chaperone for the school group staying at the University of Idaho dormitories during an FFA Convention June 7-10. He allowed several girls to use his hotel bathroom to shower because they claimed the UI facilities were not clean enough, according to the affidavit.
The boyfriend of an alleged victim, who had been staying in Wells' room due to a disciplinary matter, told Twin Falls law enforcement he'd found a small video camera inside a coffee packet on the bathroom counter. When he approached Wells about the camera, he said Wells stomped on the camera and then began to break it apart with a pocket knife. The boy recovered the camera and turned it over to Twin Falls law enforcement, which then sent it to Moscow for a forensic investigation. The SD card was too damaged for data recovery.
The affidavit states Wells admitted to Twin Falls investigators he was attempting to video tape the victim in the case "with the intent of seeing her naked for his own sexual arousal."
Wells' laptop also was seized as part of the investigation, but investigators learned he'd recently run a wiping program that may have destroyed additional evidence, according to the affidavit.
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