RALEIGH — Police say they found homemade videos of two boys using public restrooms on the cellphone of a high school band teacher charged this week with secretly taking pictures of a 13-year-old boy in the bathroom of a North Raleigh mall.
Michael Lynn Worley, 46, of Wake Forest was charged Tuesday with one misdemeanor count of secretly peeping by means of an electronic device. He remained in the Wake County jail with bail set at $25,000, a jail spokeswoman said.
Worley was detained Saturday after a man told police that someone had used a cellphone camera to snap a photo of his son while the child was using the bathroom in the Barnes and Noble bookstore at Triangle Town Center, according to a search warrant application made public Thursday.
The child told his father that he was sitting on the toilet when he saw a cellphone pointed up toward him from the adjacent stall, according to the warrant. The child told his father that the camera was similar to one he had once owned: an Evo type with a red circle around the lens, the warrant says.
The child’s father contacted two off-duty Raleigh police officers at the mall and pointed out the man who had allegedly snapped the photo, according to the warrant.
Police detained Worley, who denied any wrongdoing, the warrant says. Investigators found Worley had a mobile phone that matched the description the child gave to his father, according to the warrant.
Police say Worley’s phone contained a video file of what appears to be a boy using the bathroom in an enclosed restroom stall. Police also found a second video on the phone of another young boy using the bathroom at another enclosed restroom stall at an unknown location, according to the warrant.
The child in the second video, dated Jan. 16, does not appear to realize that he is being videotaped, police said.
Police retrieved “numerous items” from Worley’s cellphone, including videos taken the day he was charged with peeping, according to the warrant. Police also seized a MacBook laptop and two cellphones from Worley’s home.
Worley was employed by Johnston County Schools as a “contracted band instructor” at Clayton and Corinth high schools. He was paid through funds from the bands’ booster clubs and began work in January, said schools spokeswoman Terri Sessoms.
Worley was removed from the substitute teacher’s list on Tuesday, the day of his arrest, Sessoms said.