According to Independence County authorities Jeffery Duane Williams, 67, is charged with one count of video voyeurism, a Class D felony after a female teenager reported the incident to the Independence County Sheriffâ€™s Department in March of 2020.
Court documents state the victim explained to authorities she had known the suspect for four years, Williams was her school bus driver for Batesville School District. The two developed a friendship over the period and she and her siblings had spent time at the Williams home.
Williams allegedly told the juvenile that he and his wife were going out of town for the weekend, and she and her friends could come to the suspects home and spend the weekend. Reports state the victim reported to authorities that the teenagers found a hidden trail camera in the residence set to capture video.
Evidence was gathered after a search warrant was secured that included video of the suspect setting up the camera, as well as video of the juveniles.
Williams allegedly confessed to the incident, admitting it was a â€œbad mistake,â€ and stating it was his â€œdark side.â€
Batesville Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Hester was quoted as saying the school will address it once itâ€™s gone through the court system.
Williams was charged with one count of video voyeurism, a Class D felony punishable by imprisonment of up to six years in the Arkansas Department of Correction and a fine of up to $10,000, or both.