PLAINVILLE — Local police pledged to keep parents informed as a federal investigation continues into a man charged with recording members of the girls swim team changing in a locker room at Plainville High School.
Kyle Fasold, 49, of 109 Northwest Drive, was charged Friday with production and attempted production of child pornography, and possession of child pornography, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice. He continues to be detained after a hearing on Tuesday morning. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for March 20.
Evidence gathered showed Fasold “had been secretly recording young girls getting undressed at his home and in the women’s locker room at Plainville High School,” Plainville Police Lt. Nicholas Mullins said in a release. Federal investigators believe the recordings at the school began in May 2018 and involved current and past members of the Plainville Blue Dolphins swim team.
An attorney identified as Fasold’s public defender by a court clerk did not return a voicemail left Tuesday.
“Our end goal … is to make sure we’re working towards healthy outcomes for (the) children,” said Plainville Police Chief Matthew Catania. “ … We think that communication and being upfront with parents is key to that outcome.”
Catania informed parents that the identification of the girls in the videos and photos will be limited to the department’s two female officers, which includes the school resource officer at Plainville High School. Once a girl has been positively identified, their parent or guardians will be notified “as soon as practical,” he said.
Catania and Town Manager Robert Lee attended the Board of Education meeting Monday night. About 60 parents aware of the investigation also attended.
“This is a very, very difficult problem that we’re facing here and it’s going to be going on for some time,” Catania said. “A lot of notifications to be made and a lot of questions to be answered. We’re in this for the long haul.”
Fasold was vice president of the Blue Dolphins Parents’ Association and had been a member of its board for around two years, according to Lee. The program is operated by the town Parks and Recreation Department and uses the high school pool. About 60 children ages 5 to 15 participate.
“Just because they were there doesn’t mean they were involved in any of the videos or photographs,” Lee said.
Police are also investigating if any members of other teams practicing with the Blue Dolphins may have been captured in the images taken by Fasold.
Superintendent of Schools Steven LePage said counseling is available to students through the guidance office, adding additional support can be provided to families upon request.
Roberta Brown, director of the town Youth Services department, is working on coordinating a parent forum with counselors.
The school district will be revising security procedures around locker rooms and will be restricting access to certain areas during events not sponsored by the district, such as Parks and Recreation programs, LePage said. He added that the Blue Dolphins’ season has concluded and all district sports events have been put on hold due to the coronavirus.
Fasold was arrested after multiple electronic items, including an Apple iPhone X, were seized from his home.
“Preliminary forensic analysis of the iPhone revealed multiple video files and an image file of girls changing in a locker room,” said the statement from the U.S. Department of Justice. “It is alleged that Fasold produced the videos and image himself.”
The production of child pornography charge carries a mandatory minimum prison term of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years, while the possession charge carries a maximum term of 20 years.
“U.S. Attorney (John) Durham stressed that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt,” the statement said.