Camera found with videos of girls changing; coach charged

Courtesy photo of Timothy Vallier.


PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A Kent County coach faces charges after a camera was found with videos of girls changing.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by Rockford Public Schools after a camera was found with videos of girls changing inside the changing room area of the Rockford Crew House, located at 5501 Jupiter Avenue in Plainfield Township.

The Rockford Crew House located at 5501 Jupiter Avenue in Plainfield Township. (July 10, 2016)
The Rockford Crew House located at 5501 Jupiter Avenue in Plainfield Township. (July 10, 2016)

Timothy Vallier, the men’s rowing coach at Rockford Public Schools, was arrested. He has been charged with child sexually abusive activity, using a computer to commit a crime and child sexually abusive material.

Vallier is being held at the Kent County jail on a $100,000 bond.

The case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff’s Department.

Superintendent Mike Shibler says he contacted police immediately when a parent of a girl on the crew team alerted him of the situation.

Anyone affiliated with the school, including coach Tim Vallier, has to pass a background check in order to be hired.

Shibler sent a letter sent to crew parents — alerting them of the video camera found in a crew explorer Friday.

“We saw this video camera on the floor of the explorer. So you know curious teens right, she said I picked it up and started looking at what was on it,” said Shibler.

Shibler says it was footage of two girls on the crew team changing inside the Jupiter Boathouse.

He immediately called the Kent County Sheriff’s Department.

An investigation later revealed Timothy Vallier was the one allegedly behind the video.

24 Hour News 8 asked Shibler if there may be other videos.

“I can’t answer that, I don’t know. The only thing I know for sure is there was one video taken by this coach,” said Shibler.

Parents of crew members are speaking out on the situation in one Facebook post, saying, “Words can’t express how upset I am that i had to speak to my daughter about this. She’s at the age where she really needs to feel trust and comfort. I have spoken to many of the other parents who are hurting, too.”

“We are always going to be diligent and responsible when we hire people. Or when we accept people to serve as volunteers. The background check doesn’t catch something and obviously there wasn’t a reason for anything to be caught in the background check,” said Shibler.

24 Hour News 8 also looked into state police records and found no criminal record leading up to Vallier’s arrest.

According to his bio online, Vallier’s coached for Rockford Public Schools since 2009.

Shibler says Vallier is terminated as a coach for Rockford Public Schools and will have no access to school property.

Vallier is charged with two counts of obscenity, child sexually abusive activity and using a computer to commit a crime.

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