Owasso police responding to a domestic disturbance call last November made a startling discovery when they heard the source of the couple's argument.
According to an affidavit, an officer arriving at the scene was greeted by a man who said he lived at the home with his daughter and her husband. The man told the officer that his daughter had recently discovered that her husband, an Owasso Public Schools teacher, was having an extramarital affair, and that they also discovered possibly inappropriate images of a student in the teacher's classroom. The man told officers that he and his son-in-law, Adam Nolan Hunt, struggled over control of the computer on which the images were found, and his son-in-law pushed him.
Hunt's wife then exited the home with a laptop computer. The officer asked Hunt what was on the computer. He allegedly replied that the computer contained images of naked women. He said it also contained images of students from his classroom at the Owasso 7th Grade Center, but according to the affidavit, he insisted the images of students were appropriate and that they had been taken by another student using his cell phone.
The officer then interviewed Hunt's wife, who said the laptop contained inappropriate images of children. She said that she discovered the images in 2014 and copied them to a thumb drive in order to prevent him from destroying them. However, she says her husband burned the thumb drive to destroy the evidence.
The woman and her father surrendered the laptop to police, saying that they had tried to retrieve the illicit images but were unable to do so. Police executed a search warrant, and forensic analysis of the computer allegedly uncovered an upskirt photo of a 14-year-old girl who had been a student in Hunt's classroom in 2013.
As a result of the investigation, Hunt was arrested on Sunday and charged with a felony count of being a peeping with photographic or electronic equipment.
According to 21 O.S. § 1171 (B), "Every person who uses photographic, electronic or video equipment in a clandestine manner for any illegal, illegitimate, prurient, lewd or lascivious purpose with the unlawful and willful intent to view, watch, gaze or look upon any person without the knowledge and consent of such person when the person viewed is in a place where there is a right to a reasonable expectation of privacy, or who publishes or distributes any image obtained from such act, shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a felony. The violator shall be punished by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for a term of not more than five (5) years, or by a fine not exceeding Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment."
A search of the Owasso Public Schools staff directory online does not list the defendant among school district employees.
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