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Steven Michael Jenkins, the former Douglas County School District employee accused of taking upskirt videos of multiple women and students, including minors, appeared in court for a preliminary hearing May 3 with his attorney.
Jenkins waived his right to a preliminary hearing, which in a felony criminal case is the proceeding where prosecutors present evidence so a judge can determine if there is sufficient cause to proceed to trial, according to an 18th Judicial District Attorney spokeswoman.
Andrew Ho, an attorney for Jenkins, said in an email the defense does not believe the charges against Jenkins reflect the evidence in the case.
“The waiver is a product of meaningful conversations with the District Attorney towards an equitable resolution of this issue,” Ho said. “There has been no allegation of improper contact or communication with students or other members of the community and, therefore, we deemed it appropriate to proceed in a manner which respects the privacy of all those involved.”
Jenkins was arrested in December on charges of sexual exploitation of a child after the principal of Renaissance Secondary School, where he worked at the time, called police to report that students said they had witnessed Jenkins use his phone to shoot upward video of female students.
Records show police later found approximately 20 “upskirt” videos of an estimated 10 women in addition to three juvenile victims.
Jenkins had been teaching for 30 years and previously worked as a math teacher for Castle View High School. He was fired from the district upon his arrest.
Jenkins is due in court June 11 for an arraignment.
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