An ex-janitor at a Florida high school has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for filming a dozen students in a girls’ bathroom, federal prosecutors said.
Derremy Jerrell Walker — a former contracted custodian at Oviedo High School — was found guilty in June after two 15-year-old girls found an “actively recording cellphone” hidden beneath a sink in a student bathroom stall in November 2019, the US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida said Wednesday.
“Mr. Walker did more than just produce horror, he stole the innocence and trust of these young victims,” FBI Tampa Special Agent in Charge Michael McPherson said.
The girls snatched the phone and took the device to school administrators, who alerted Oviedo police. Walker was later arrested in February 2020, and immediately trespassed from the school while being relieved of his duties, WFLA reported.
Cops at the time said the revolting footage also showed Walker “propping” the phone up under a sink in a stall designed for people with disabilities.
Prosecutors said an analysis of the cellphone found that Walker, 31, of Sanford, had hidden the device in the same location on two occasions earlier in November 2019, creating a one-hour video of students in the stall.
The cellphone had been recording for about 15 minutes before the girls found it. In all three instances, Walker positioned the device’s camera to capture the genitalia of anyone using the restroom, prosecutors said.
Investigators ultimately identified eight of the 12 students who were unwittingly recorded while in the stall. Walker had also set up a hidden cellphone camera in a faculty bathroom earlier that month.
In addition to 60 years in federal prison, a judge ordered Walker to serve a lifetime of supervised release and to register as a sex offender after completing his sentence. A federal jury found him guilty in June of two counts of using or attempting to use children to produce sexually explicit videos, authorities said.
“We are pleased with the sentence handed down in this case and will continue efforts to protect the children in our communities from sexual exploitation and abuse,” McPherson said.