Texas swim company employee hid camera in locker room, owners say

CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — A former employee at a Central Texas swim training company is facing a federal investigation for allegedly using a hidden camera to take pictures of people in a locker room, according to an email sent to parents Monday.

“We take great pride in the trust that families place in us, and we work very hard to ensure that trust is earned each and every day,” Mike and Tracy Koleber, the owners of Nitro Swimming, said in the email. “Unfortunately, a former employee breached that trust.”

The owners sent the message to parents of current swimmers, telling them the company has “worked closely with [the U.S. Department of] Homeland Security to build a case against this individual,” identified as Kenneth Lee Briggs, 42. This year, the owners write, DHS contacted them after they “uncovered evidence that he used a hidden camera to photograph people in a locker room at Nitro’s Cedar Park facility at some point during his employment.” The owners state it was “impossible to identify anyone in any photo, to date.”

Briggs was a maintenance employee of the company from July 2013 to March 2014, the email states. The company’s owners tell parents the background checks they conducted when he was hired turned up nothing; he was fired in 2014 for misusing company credit cards.

Briggs is currently in the Hays County Jail — where he has been since March 6 — charged with 15 counts of possession with intent to promote child pornography. He is also being held on a U.S. Marshal’s Office detainer.

According to an arrest affidavit filed in Hays County, on Oct. 26, 2016, Kyle police received a tip from an individual who said they saw child pornography on Briggs’ laptop in June of 2016. The tipster told police Briggs admitted to possessing images of child pornography as well as taking photographs of nude children.


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