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Youth minister arrested for filming woman in dressing room


Jeff Clark



A Hamilton youth minister has been arrested for allegedly filming a woman changing clothes in a local dressing room. 


Jeremy Van Hester, 35, of 40111 Seely Road in Hamilton, was arrested by Columbus Police Department May 17 and charged with photographing or filming another without permission. He was released on a $2,500 bond the same day. Hester is the youth minister at Center Hill Baptist Church in Hamilton and is a boy's baseball coach. 


Police Chief Selvain McQueen said an adult female reported Hester had twice placed his phone over the stall of a dressing room in a local clothing store and was attempting to film her as she undressed. She attempted to get Hester's tag number as he fled from the parking lot. 


"She later identified the suspect on Facebook," McQueen said. 


Hester turned himself in and was placed in a lineup where he was positively identified McQueen said. He was released on $2,500 bond on Thursday. 


The incident occurred at Old Navy on Highway 45 in Columbus.




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