UGA football employee arrested over hidden shower cam
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)