PAYETTE — A New Plymouth man was arraigned on Thursday afternoon and is facing multiple felonies after allegedly video recording a minor in the shower.
In front of Judges Brian Lee and Robert Jackson on Thursday, Victor Woods, born in 1967, was indicted on five felony charges, including one count of video voyeurism; two counts of sexual exploitation of a child (one count of I18-1507(2)(c), promotes, prepares, publishes, produces, makes, finances, offers, exhibits or advertises any sexually exploitive material; and one count of I18-1507(2)(a), possesses or accesses through any means including, but not limited to, the Internet, any sexually exploitive material); one count of child sexual abuse by making photographic or electronic recording of a minor; and one count of destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence.
The charges stem from an Aug. 22, 2019 incident where Woods allegedly used his phone to take video of a minor while she was in the bathroom in his New Plymouth residence taking a shower.
According to the police log of the event, the minor took a shower and noticed Woods’ cellphone propped up on the countertop in the bathroom, with the back facing the shower. When she inspected the phone, she noticed it was recording and immediately deleted the video and turned the phone off before calling an adult family member.
On Aug. 28, Payette County Sheriff’s Department handed the case over to Idaho State Police due to a conflict: Woods’ son is a police officer for the City of Payette.
Woods will have a status conference on Jan. 27, followed by a preliminary hearing on Jan. 28.
He posted his $75,000 bond on Thursday.
Woods was a math teacher at Nyssa High School, as well as a coach, and was employed by Nyssa School District for 28 years, according to Nyssa School District Superintendent Darren Johnson.
Johnson said Nyssa School District was contacted by Idaho State Police on Sept. 30, 2019 about the investigation and Woods was removed from the school on that day. Johnson said Woods tendered his resignation from the school district, which was effective on Dec. 31. The Nyssa School Board of Directors accepted his resignation during its Jan. 13 meeting.
Johnson said that Nyssa School District never had reason to investigate Woods for improper conduct with students during his tenure at the school, emphasizing that the current charges Woods is facing did not involve any students from Nyssa School District.
“We just want everyone to know that we take our duties here very seriously and that the students are taken care of and protected,” Johnson said.
Johnson said that Woods was a boys middle school basketball coach. He was also listed as a track and field coach on Nyssa High School’s Athletic.net site.
Woods was also previously the spokesman for the Nyssa Education Association.
Woods also coached girls basketball at New Plymouth Middle School. According to New Plymouth School District Superintendent Dvid Sotutu, the 2018-2019 school year was Woods’ last year with the district and he did not hold any other positions at the school district.