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Volunteer coach accused of videotaping young girl at home

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A volunteer basketball coach from Mid-Michigan is facing charges. He is accused of secretly videotaping a young girl at her home.

Police said 40-year-old Jamee Cassady of Perrington placed a camera inside the girl's home, capturing her in various states of undress.

"We were all shell shocked," Daniel Jones said.

That's what Jones had to say when he found out about criminal charges being filed against Cassady. Cassady allegedly captured images of her as she undressed. Cassady was a volunteer basketball coach for Fulton schools in Gratiot County last year.

Jones, who has children, said he wonders what kind of person could do something like that.

"You think if it was my daughter. People seen what she looked like with no clothes on," Jones said.

Other residents said they can't believe a crime of this nature could happen here.

"When we think in terms of midtown America you don't expect those kinds of things to be surfacing," Dan Dinsmore said.

Dinsmore said he is disappointed to hear about the alleged crimes. Especially when it involves a former volunteer coach.

"You have a level of trust with our school systems and something like this certainly puts a dent in it," he said.

Administrators with the Fulton school district said they took swift action after learning of the allegations against Cassady.

"At this time Mr. Cassady has been told that he should not have any contact or represent himself as a Fulton school coach or volunteer coach. It's very doubtful he will have a future at Fulton schools," Superintendent Daymond Grifka said.

Grifka said he's concerned about the accusations against Cassady. He said the suspect passed the school's background check. 

"Reviewing the fingerprint check and ichats there were no charges or past charges that were found on the system," he said.

Meanwhile residents like Jones, who said he knows the victim and the suspect in this case, said he is still in shock.

"Couldn't believe a guy like that would do something like that," Jones said.

The Gratiot County Sheriff's Department said a computer and an iPad have been confiscated. 

Those items are being sent to the Michigan State crime lab for investigation.

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