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Volunteer coach accused of videotaping young girl has criminal history

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GRATIOT COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Last week TV5 told you about a volunteer basketball coach who is facing charges of secretly videotaping a teenage girl in her own home.

More information is coming out about the man's past, and it's raising a series of troubling new questions. 

Jamee Cassady is being charged with filming the girl in her Gratiot County home. It's not the first time he's faced allegations like this.

"We were very surprised," Fulton Schools Superintendent Daymond Grifka said.

He's shocked to learn that a former staff member, who is currently facing criminal charges, had been busted for being a peeping Tom in the past.

"In our background checks using ICHAT and fingerprints no convictions were found," Grifka said.

The 40-year-old is accused of secretly videotaping a girl in her home while she dressed and undressed. 

Cassady was caught window peeping at a Mt. Pleasant apartment complex in 2001. He plead guilty to a lesser charge of disturbing the peace, serving no jail time. According to the Morning Sun, Cassady was first caught peeping in 1999 at a residence in Gratiot County. He was sentenced to 12 months probation, but served no jail time.

That level of offense doesn't show up on a background check. That has some questioning the reliability of background checks, including the system the Fulton School District uses called ICHAT.

"ICHAT is an online service sponsored through the Michigan State police department. And what we provide on ICHAT is the name of the individual who would be having the background performed and also the birth date. Then it gives the information back to us," Grifka said.

In light of the recent criminal charges against Cassady, the superintendent said the days of ICHAT could be numbered.

"We're currently investigating changing to something else from ICHAT," Grifka said.

That's because nothing on Cassady came up in ICHAT or a federal fingerprint check. 

"We're very concerned that this was not found on the background checks. And once again we'll do everything we can to make sure our students and community members are safe and try to avoid this from happening again," Grifka said.

School officials said they conduct background checks on all employees before they are hired and periodically while they are employed.

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