The case broke two days ago when a student noticed the teacher in a locker room in Tumwater using a camera.
Thurston County Prosecutors have charged Chi Yung Luu with 15 counts of voyeurism and the investigation now crosses international boundaries.
The wrestling meet at Tumwater High School Wednesday was supposed to be one of the last big meets of the regular season. It drew a huge crowd of hundreds, including, Chi Yung Luu, a 29-year-old high school drama teacher from Canada. Police say Luu went to the meet to secretly videotape naked wrestlers in the locker room.
But police say Luu's plan failed because of Mountlake Terrace wrestler Ed Davis.
Davis was finished wrestling for the day, but when he was showering in the boy's locker room, he says he saw Luu with a video camera. He called his mom on his cell phone and asked her to send help.
"The way he said it, I knew, I could tell in his voice, he needed somebody now," says his mother Suzette Davis.
She alerted Mountlake Terrace Coach Kanoe Vierra, who confronted Luu. "I asked him to stop," says Vierra, "he didn't want to stop so I hightailed it over to him and said we need to chat and I need to take a look at your bag and he basically said 'that's private property, you can't touch it.' " Vierra held Luu until police arrived.
In addition to the tape of 15 wrestlers in the shower, police say they found tapes in Luu's car of other wrestling and swim meets across Western Washington, and possibly one in Oregon.
Luu is currently charged with 15 counts of video voyeurism. But investigators- and parents - don't know how far-reaching this case may become. "How many schools has he been to?" wonders Suzette Davis. "How many students are out there? What's he doing with it? Where is it? You know, which Web sites or who knows where else?"
Canadian police searched Luu's apartment in Delta, British Columbia, a suburb of Vancouver. Thursday night, our sister station shot stacks of homemade videotapes piled up inside. Police seized those, and a computer. We do not know yet what, if anything police found on those videos or on his computer's hard drive.
The Delta, B.C. School district says Luu came to them a year and a half ago from Edmonton with "glowing references". They add he did pass a criminal background check.
The district has suspended Luu pending the outcome of the criminal case.