Georgia equipment manager fired after arrest for felony eavesdropping

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ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 24: A general view of Sanford Stadium during the game between the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaab/teams/gaf/" data-ylk="slk:Georgia Bulldogs">Georgia Bulldogs</a> and the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaab/teams/gah/" data-ylk="slk:Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets">Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets</a> on November 24, 2012 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 24: A general view of Sanford Stadium during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on November 24, 2012 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

An equipment manager for the Georgia football team was fired after his Friday night arrest on five charges, including three felonies for illegal eavesdropping or surveillance.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kevin Purvis is accused of “using a hidden camera to capture images of at least one individual showering in the Bulldogs’ locker room.” Purvis, the team’s associate equipment manager, was also hit with two drug possession charges — a felony for possessing a Schedule II controlled substance and a misdemeanor for marijuana.

UGA said the alleged incident did not involve any student-athletes.

“As soon as it learned of the incident, the Athletic Association notified the University of Georgia Police Department, who began their investigation,” an athletic department spokesman said in a statement. “The University took immediate action, and the employee was terminated early in the investigation. Based on the findings of the police investigation, no student-athletes were victims in this incident.”

An investigation into the situation began after a camera was found hidden in a shower area of the UGA athletics facility on Feb. 27. From the AJC:

Purvis’ arrest came nearly a month after an unidentified person found a camera hidden in a shower area of Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. UGA officials called police on Feb. 27 and an investigation was immediately initiated. Several people witnessed police conducting a search of a car – believed to belong to Purvis — in the Butts-Mehre employee parking lot while a Georgia baseball game was being played across the street. Police also searched the first floor of the building, which is where the football team’s locker room, training facility and weight room are located, and Purvis’ Timothy Road residence.

In Georgia, illegal eavesdropping or surveillance is when “any person, through the use of any device, without the consent of all persons observed, to observe, photograph, or record the activities of another which occur in any private place and out of public view.”

Purvis, 37, was hired by Georgia in 2006. Before arriving at UGA, he worked in a similar role at Valdosta State. As of Saturday morning, he remains in police custody on $16,000 bond.

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