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Jan. 11, 2018 — A scary proposition

Yesterday, the girls’ lacrosse coach at Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.), Bill Weed, pleaded guilty to a morals charge involving a 17-year-old girl.

Weed, also the school’s athletics director, was arrested May 1 of last year after the Gators’ lacrosse season concluded. He resigned from the school last June.

He was charged with video voyeurism, attempted promotion of sexual performance by a child, and the unlawful use of two-way communications device. How that communications device was deployed, however, has to put a certain degree of fear into families nationwide.

Weed managed to somehow sneak a small camera inside a clock radio located in the teenager’s bedroom. According to arrest records, the clock radio was a gift.

As we’ve detailed on numerous occasions over the years when it comes to morals charges involving teachers and students in both the lacrosse and field hockey communities, technology often is the undoing of the scheme. Texts, pictures, and other communications between devices are never completely erased. For a prosecutor well-versed in digital forensics, going after criminals like these is, frankly, like shooting fish in a barrel.

I can’t help but to feel for the teenager in this situation. There will be very little to dispel the notion that electronic devices aren’t tracking and watching certain movements and tendencies of the user.

In other words, I can’t see her with an Alexa any time soon.