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Local teen accused of unlawful videotaping

POSTED: January 20, 2010 5:15 p.m.

A Dawson County teen was taken into custody Wednesday morning after authorities said he used his cell phone to video females in three local restrooms.

  

David Walker Gormley, 17, is charged with four felony counts of unlawful surveillance and eavesdropping. The charges are felonies.

  

He was arrested at about 11 a.m. at the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center.

  

A Dawson County Magistrate judge set bail at $40,000, according to Lt. Tony Wooten, of the Dawson County Sheriff's Office.

  

Authorities said Gormley used his Samsung cell phone to video females in the bathrooms of the Dawsonville Chick-fil-A, Grace Community Church on Beartooth Parkway and his residence between early December and Jan. 9.

  

Gormley was employed at Chick-fil-A until last week when a female co-worker found his cellphone hidden in the ladies room.

  

Management was notified and Gormley was immediately terminated, according to Tony Kellar, who owns the restaurant.

  

"We were made aware of this situation on Saturday, Jan. 9," Kellar said in a statement. "The employee was immediately terminated and the matter was turned over to the authorities."

  

Wooten said restaurant management, church officials and Gormley's parents have all cooperated with authorities during the investigation.

  

"It's an unfortunate incident," Wooten said. "Mr. Kellar was put in this situation and did the right thing by notifying authorities."

  

Grace Community Church Pastor Ray Rhodes Jr. said his congregation is grieving and praying for the victims.

Gormley attended the church but was not a member, according to Rhodes.

"We are clinging by faith in our soveriegn Lord and believe that in this bad situation that he will provide great opportunity for ministry," Rhodes said in an e-mail.

  

Authorities have been able to identify several victims in the incidents.

  

There are at least four juvenile victims under the age of 16 and around 12 victims total who were videotaped, Wooten said.

Gormley is a student at Dawson County High School. Investigators said at this time there is no indication of video recordings made at the high school or any other locations. Authorities said they do not believe any of the videos have been sent to other parties.

Check back to dawsonnews.com for updates.

 

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