Case Of Former School Theater Teacher Accused Of Videotaping Girls Inside Locker Room Renewed After Supreme Court Ruling

Justices ruled on Wednesday that alleged evidence previously thrown out in the case against a theater teacher accused of videotaping girls in the locker room was admissible.

Alleged evidence, including videotapes from Lawrence A. Dibble's Dublin home, were thrown out after a lower-court ruling in 2010 that stated a police officer lied and misled a judge to get a search warrant.

Dibble , 43, is charged with 17 counts of voyeurism after he allegedly secretly videotaped girls undressing at Upper Arlington's Wellington School beginning in 2002.

Dibble's attorneys argued that an officer used the word "victim" to refer to an 18-year-old with whom Dibbed had consensual sex. Attorneys said that the word "victim" was false information provided in an affidavit to obtain the search warrant.

According to State Supreme Court justices, the lower court had too narrow a view of the word "victim" and that the officer was using non-technical language because he was not an attorney.

Justices ordered that the case go back to the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.

Dibble had been a staff member at the Wellington School since 1998. He never applied for a teaching license in the state but was working at the school as a staff member.

School officials said that he passed all necessary background checks before being employed at the school.

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