Oconee County high school janitor arrested

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An Oconee County High School custodian is behind bars and charged with unlawful surveillance.

Oconee County Sheriff's deputies said a female student found Timothy Brian Burnette's phone recording video in the girl's locker room Wednesday. That student told the principal, who immediately contacted the sheriff's office.

"They were there within just a matter of minutes, quickly interviewed the suspect, and placed him under arrest," said Chief Deputy Lee Weems of the Oconee County Sheriff's Office. 

Weems said they quickly got the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the FBI involved. They searched Burnette's home. If they find anything there or learn that videos like the one taken in the girl's locker room were shared, Burnette will face federal charges.


School officials sent out an email to parents Thursday explaining what happened. In the email, they state Burnette was terminated. The sheriff's office said Burnette does not have any prior criminal convictions.

Jasmine Baker is a 15-year-old who attends OCHS. She said most people found out about what happened Thursday at school.

"We were all like ‘Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! What just happened?’ Everyone really was just disgusted," said Baker.

Baker said she was happy with the way things were handled by the school and law enforcement. But, she and many other people in the community said they were shocked that something like this could happen in Oconee County.