Janitor accused of hiding above school restroom appears in court
FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) -
A former janitor accused of hiding in a ceiling and spying on children and adults at a Williamson County school was in court for an arraignment Monday.
Victor Alvarado was a janitor at Scales Elementary School. He faces six charges of observation without consent after he allegedly hid in a crawl space above a bathroom.
Under Tennessee law, watching someone without their permission is only a misdemeanor, but some state lawmakers are trying to change that.
"I believe there's some legislation that's been sponsored by some of the local lawmakers that would increase the penalty if the person you're watching is under the age of 13. But, as it stands right now, the only charge we could go forward on for his alleged actions was based on a misdemeanor," said Kim Helper, district attorney general for the 21st Judicial District.
In a statement, Williamson County Schools Director Mike Looney said Monday it's his understanding the bill is advancing in the Legislature.
Alvarado faces up to a year in prison on each charge.
He's due back in court next month.
He was fired from his job after his arrest.
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