Voyeurism charge filed against Sound Transit guard
King County prosecutors charged a 35-year-old security guard who worked at Sound Transit’s SeaTac Station with one count of voyeurism, accusing Timothy Funkhouser of taking videos up women’s skirts without their knowledge.
Seattle Times staff reporter
A man who worked as a security guard under contract for Sound Transit has been charged with voyeurism after he allegedly showed a colleague a six-minute cellphone video of a woman’s crotch taken on a light-rail car.
According to King County prosecutors, Timothy R. Funkhouser, 35, of Federal Way, was working for Securitas at Sound Transit’s light-rail station at SeaTac in March when he allegedly asked a colleague if he wanted to see a video of a “hot girl.”
Funkhouser then pulled out his personal cellphone and showed his co-worker a six-minute “continuous crotch shot” of a woman on the train, prosecutors said in court documents filed Thursday, charging Funkhouser with one count of voyeurism.
He allegedly showed his co-worker how he took the video, clipping his phone to his belt and angling it at the woman and said he’d done it numerous times, according to charging papers.
The co-worker said Funkhouser told him he was “surprised” he hadn’t been caught.
Later, the co-worker watched as Funkhouser got on the escalator behind a 20- to 22-year-old woman who was wearing a short skirt and placed his cellphone near, or on, the stair below her, prosecutors say.
The co-worker reported it to their employer, Securitas, and Funkhouser was called in to human resources, interviewed and suspended, according to court documents.
Police and prosecutors say that while Funkhouser was leaving, he talked to a man who was on the elevator with him.
The man on the elevator worked for human resources and later told police that Funkhouser talked to him about getting in trouble for “taking pictures up girls’ skirts,” prosecutors say.
The human-resource employee said Funkhouser told him he would not trust co-workers with secrets again and then showed him how he angled his phone with the camera facing upward and confided that if caught he could claim to be fixing his socks, prosecutors said.
After police served a search warrant on Funkhouser’s residence and vehicle, seizing a computer, four cellphones, thumb drives and CD discs, he was interviewed by detectives, court documents say.
Police say in court documents that they found a number of images of women that appeared to have been taken without their knowledge.
Funkhouser is alleged to have told police he “had to try” to capture pictures of women’s private areas and allegedly admitted he did so for sexual gratification and “male arousal,” according to charging documents.
Funkhouser and his wife of seven years separated last August and she filed for divorce in October, according to court records that don’t indicate the reason for their split.
The couple have a 5-year-old daughter, and it appears Funkhouser has a 10-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, the records show.
Seattle Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green contributed to this report.
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