UGA foot­ball em­ployee ar­rested over hid­den shower cam

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A hid­den shower cam­era has led to the ar­rest of the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia foot­ball team’s equip­ment man­ager. The al­leged per­pe­tra­tor is Kevin Purvis, age 37 of Ocilla, who has worked with UGA Athletics since 2006. Ac­cord­ing to Sports Il­lus­trated, Purvis was pre­vi­ously em­ployed as the head of foot­ball equip­ment at Valdosta State.

The ar­rest war­rants were an­nounced on March 23, and Purvis turned him­self into the po­lice shortly af­ter­ward. Sources state that Purvis has been charged with four felonies and one mis­de­meanor. Three of the felonies are for un­law­ful sur­veil­lance, and one re­lated to pos­ses­sion of a Sched­ule II con­trolled sub­stance. The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported that the mis­de­meanor was for pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana. He was re­leased the fol­low­ing day on an $8,500 bond.

Ac­cord­ing to Ge­or­gia spokesper­son Claude Folton, Purvis’ em­ploy­ment had been ter­mi­nated. The ob­ser­va­tion equip­ment was dis­cov­ered ap­prox­i­mately a month ago in the shower sub­sec­tion of Butts-Mehre Her­itage Hall. Le­gal au­thor­i­ties were sub­se­quently alerted to its pres­ence. Anec­do­tal re­ports state that Purvis’ ve­hi­cle was searched shortly there­after.

Dur­ing the il­le­gal sur­veil­lance, at least one in­di­vid­ual was re­port­edly cap­tured show­er­ing on cam­era. Folton said no stu­dent-ath­letes had been vic­tim­ized.

The Dawg Na­tion re­port de­scribed Purvis as a “key mem­ber” and “par­tic­u­larly help­ful to Smart,” who was in­volved with the foot­ball team “ev­ery day.” CBS News re­ported that Purvis’ pri­mary du­ties were “or­der­ing and ac­count­ing for the Bull­dogs’ foot­ball equip­ment and as­sist­ing in equip­ment ef­forts on game days.”

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Butts-Mehre Her­itage Hall in Athens, Ge­or­gia. (Photo via Face­book)

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