LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Lufkin police have arrested a Livingston church music minister after investigating a complaint from his co-workers at a Lufkin retail store.
According to a police report, an officer arrested Nathan Scott Kesler, 35, of Livingston at Dollar King, located at 501 S. Timberland Drive, in connection to a complaint that he had been using a cell phone in a female restroom to record activity.
On Oct. 9, a female employee of the store brought a complaint of the activity to Lufkin Police, saying she discovered the cell phone in the restroom and brought the phone to police.
The woman said she had used the restroom and noticed the phone on a shelf positioned in such a way that it would record her with the built-in camera. The woman said she left the restroom and was approached by another female employee who said she saw the phone in the restroom.
The woman told police she then saw Kesler, who was a manager at the store, go into the restroom and lock the door, then leave the restroom. The woman then went back into the restroom and saw that the phone had been repositioned.
Police detectives obtained a search warrant which authorized them to search the content of the phone and found an application installed that allowed the phone to function as a motion-triggered camera and e-mail the images to Kesler's e-mail address, the report states.
After an interview with Kesler, detectives used search warrants to search Kesler's e-mail accounts and found multiple images from the restroom. The images show two female employees and a child in the restroom, and Kesler placing the phone in the restroom, according to the report.
On Wednesday, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Kesler and a search warrant to seize any and all electronic evidence from the home and vehicles of Kesler.
A police officer arrested Kesler at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dollar King. He was booked into the Angelina County Jail on three counts of improper photography. A detective also seized two laptops from Kesler's property.
Police continue to investigate the incident in an attempt to identify the child victims and any other victims of other crimes.
Kesler is listed as the music minister for a church in Livingston. A call to the church's pastor for comment was not immediately returned Thursday afternoon.