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Feb 6, 2012 3:33 PM

School volunteer pleads guilty to photographing, videotaping without consent

TUCSON - The local school volunteer who was arrested last year and accused of taking pictures of a young boy in a school restroom pleaded guilty today to charges of photographing and videotaping someone without their consent.

Owen Dix pleaded guilty to Photographing Someone without their Consent and Videotaping Someone without their Consent in Pima County Superior Court this morning.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department said the incident happened at Banks Elementary on the far west side back on December 12th, 2011.

Deputies arrested Dix shortly after the incident.

It was a crime the victim remembered very vividly. Dawn Barkman with the Pima County Sheriff's Department said, "He heard somebody go into the stall next to him and flush the toilet. Something seemed odd to the 7-year-old child; he looked under the stall to see if there were any feet, then he looked up and he sees a man taking a picture of him while he's sitting on the toilet."

The boy immediately reported it to the principal, and because the description of the suspect was so good, deputies said school staff immediately knew who they were looking for.

Barkman said, "The man, when confronted by the principal said his cell phone can't take pictures because it's broken. However, pictures of the child were found on his phone when deputies arrived."

On top of the photos in his phone, the suspect also had some pictures of children in his wallet. He claimed they were his nieces and nephews but deputies said he couldn't back up his story.

Neighbors in the area said they were shocked to hear something like this had happened and they're glad he was arrested.

Dix will be sentenced on March 12.

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