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NW Golf Range manager arrested for voyeurism

By RACHEL BRANT

Staff writer

Scott Fuchs, 41, of East Bremerton was arrested Friday, Dec. 7, and booked into jail for voyeurism.

Fuchs, manager at NW Golf Range, allegedly used two video cameras to record customers using the restroom.

Detectives from the Bremerton Police Department’s Special Operations Group served a search warrant on Fuchs’ Fairgrounds Road home Dec. 7 “in regards to a narcotics purchase that was made with the suspect two days earlier,” according to court documents. While searching Fuchs’ home, they located two “camera recording devices.” One device was hidden inside a paper coffee cup with the viewing lens placed in the drinking hole and the second one was in a scrunched up paper bag with a hole in it, according to court documents. Bremerton detectives also found a device that records images from the camera which contained images of a young child removing his undergarments in the restroom.

Bremerton detectives interviewed Fuchs and he told them the devices were used to record people in the bathroom at NW Golf Range. The detectives then contacted Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) detectives to take over the investigation.

“They started seeing things that indicated crimes that occurred in our jurisdiction,” said Deputy Scott Wilson, KCSO spokesman.

A KCSO detective arrived and Fuchs admitted to her that he bought the cameras online and became interested in voyeurism. He told the detective he purchased the cameras around January and has been secretly hiding them on top of the bathroom trash can at NW Golf Range. Fuchs would watch people walk past his office into the two restrooms and activate the cameras, according to court documents. He admitted that he has recorded about 50 hours of footage and downloaded the information onto his home computer. Fuchs said he recorded young children and adults of all ages and both sexes.

Fuchs made his initial court appearance in Kitsap County Superior Court Monday, Dec. 12, where his bail amount was reduced from $100,000 to $50,000. He posted bail and was released from jail later that night.

“Everybody has a right to post bail and he did it,” Wilson said.

Wilson said if anyone is concerned their image may be on the video footage, they may contact KCSO detectives at (360) 337-7111.

“If people have concerns, contact sheriff’s detectives and they will make sure the appropriate actions are documented,” he said.

Fuchs’ trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 29.

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