Voyeur gets 90 days in jail for spying on Juanita volleyball team
By MATT PHELPS
Kirkland Reporter Regional Assistant Editor
September 20, 2012 · 9:58 AM
A Kirkland man pled guilty to attempted voyeurism in connection with an incident last fall in which hidden cameras were found in a bathroom at a sleep-over involving the Juanita High School girls volleyball team.
Steven C. Meeks, 24, is currently serving 90 days in King County Jail, with credit for two days served, after his 364-day sentence was suspended. Meeks began serving his time on Aug. 17. Following his release, Meeks will receive 24 months probation and is not to have contact with minors, except with permission. Meeks is also to submit to DNA testing, register as a sex offender and is prohibited from contacting any of the victims.
Meeks was accused of videotaping five victims in a restroom during a non-high school sanctioned team sleepover on Nov. 5, 2011 according to court documents.
Meeks’ wife, who was a coach for the Juanita High School volleyball team and a former coach of the Kamiakin Junior High volleyball team, arranged for the Rebel volleyball players to have a sleepover at her father’s Woodinville warehouse, in the 14200 block of N.E. 200th St., the documents continued.
During the evening, a hidden video camera was spotted in the ceiling tile of the women’s bathroom by a 17-year-old high school student as she was using the toilet, the documents continued.
Meeks confessed to placing a camera in the warehouse bathroom for his “sexual gratification,” according to court records. As part of his sentencing, Meeks also had to obtain a sexual deviancy evaluation. Dr. Paul Spizman wrote that Meeks confessed to placing a camera in a relative’s bedroom as well.
“Regarding any possible sexual interest in teenagers, there is a possibility he specifically set up the camera in the current incident to record teenagers (rather than an adult female, as he reported),” the psychologist wrote in court documents. “Therefore, there is a degree of concern regarding this area of sexual interest … However, to his credit, he demonstrated a clear understanding of the harm that his actions caused.”
He also said that a polygraph should be used to assure Meeks is not setting up any more cameras and his Internet use be monitored.
Meeks is now awaiting a restitution hearing.
Contact Kirkland Reporter Regional Assistant Editor Matt Phelps at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-822-9166 ext. 5052.