UPDATE: Three Charged with Hidden Video Camera at Wayne HS in Court

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UPDATE 9/19/14 @ 12 p.m.
WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three men accused of planting a hidden camera inside a building at Wayne High School were in court for the first time Friday morning.

James Ramey, III, 51, of Wayne, Scott Followay, 42, of Wayne, and Jeffrey Spence, 52, of Wayne or Portsmouth, Ohio, are each charged with one count of misdemeanor trespassing and one count of misdemeanor destruction of property.

They are accused of installing or putting a video camera inside a smoke detector and then installing it inside the building known as "Big Red" at the school.

The camera was found in March by a school employee.

During Friday’s hearing in Wayne Circuit Court, the judge set a November 13 trial date for the three men. The judge also set a 2-thousand dollar recognizance bond for each man.

None of the men wanted to answer our questions at the hearing. Each had “no comment.”

The prosecutor says this is the first step in getting the case moving.

"Now that the defendants have attorneys, then we'll open discussions with the attorneys to try to resolve the cases," said Thomas Plymale.

Ramey is a former mayor of Wayne. Follloway ran for town recorder in the last election.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information.



UPDATE 9/10/14 @ 9 p.m.
WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Parents of students at Wayne High School are livid to learn three men are accused of placing a hidden camera in a workout building on campus.

"For them to have hidden cameras, to videotape all these innocent kids, I don't think it sits well with anybody," parent Patricia Rowe said.

Investigators say the video did not capture anything inappropriate, but parents say it still feels like their kids’ privacy was violated.

"That's breaking all kinds of boundaries,” parent Melinda Cricks said. “I think they should be in a lot of trouble for it."

The former mayor of Wayne and two other men are each charged with one count of misdemeanor trespassing and one count of misdemeanor destruction of property.

Prosecutors said a school employee found the camera earlier this year, which was disguised as a smoke detector.

But two of the accused men said they're innocent and this is all a game of "politics."

WSAZ.com spoke Wednesday afternoon with former Wayne Mayor James "Junior" Ramey III about the case. He said he and the other two men charged are absolutely not guilty in this case.

But he added there are videos of a school employee.

He also said they shouldn't be charged with trespassing, anyway, because one of the men has a key to the school.

"I'm not guilty of either one of these charges," Ramey said.

He is one of two men speaking out in their own defense. This comes after prosecutors filed charges against Ramey, Scott Followay, who ran for Wayne County Recorder in a recent election, and Jeffrey Spence.

The prosecutor said the three conspired to install a hidden camera in the workout room in the "Big Red" building at Wayne High School.

The prosecutor said the motive for the device is still unclear.

"What they think they could've gained by any image they captured there, I can't imagine it'd be admissible in any court," Wayne County Prosecutor Tom Plymale said.

But Followay and Ramey said they had no part in any crime.

"Mr. Followay was part of the football team, so I mean how do you charge us with trespassing if we have keys to the building?" Ramey said. "Destruction of property, what was tore up, I understand there was nothing tore up. I don't know of anything that was tore up."

The school said it has cooperated with the investigation since the spring. The camera was found in March by an employee.

The device recorded students working out, but the prosecutors said nothing was inappropriate.

Ramey said there are several videos of a school employee who frequents that building.

"A friend asked me to help catch them, and I helped a friend with videos that will be released later on," Ramey said.

But when it comes to the camera inside the workout room, the accused men said they have no idea who's responsible or where it came from.

"I think there's cameras at all the schools. I think there's cameras everywhere at all the schools outside and inside," Ramey said.

The Wayne County prosecutor said this case took some time to get through the state forensics lab to verify the video had not been tampered with.

Parents of the students in the recordings were recently shown the video, and many were upset.

The prosecutor also said the case will head straight to Circuit Court.

Court officials said the men have been summoned to court later this month.



ORIGINAL STORY 9/10/14 @ 3:47 p.m.
WAYNE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The former Mayor of Wayne and two other men face charges for their role in placing a hidden video camera inside a building at Wayne High School.

James Ramey, III, 51, of Wayne, Scott Followay, 42, of Wayne, and Jeffrey Spence, 52, of Wayne or Portsmouth, Ohio, are each charged with one count of misdemeanor trespassing and one count of misdemeanor destruction of property.

Wayne County Prosecutor Thomas Plymale filed the charges in Wayne County Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon.

Plymale tells WSAZ.com the video camera was disguised as smoke detector and placed in the building known as "Big Red" back in March.

A school employee found the camera several days after it was put in the building.

Plymale says the camera focused on a workout room. He says the video from the camera showed nothing inappropriate, only students working out with a large ball and equipment.

Plymale did not release a motive for the camera.

All three men will be served with a summons to appear in court at a later date.

Ramey is the former mayor of Wayne and Followay ran for Wayne Recorder in a recent election, according to Plymale.

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