MURRAY — A Calloway County grand jury on Tuesday indicted former Murray High School teacher and coach Mark Boggess on charges of sexually-based crimes.
The grand jury indicted Boggess on three counts of possession/viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and seven counts of voyeurism.
In making its ruling, the grand jury stated that, “between the first day of January 2019 and the 25th day of April 2019, in Calloway County, Kentucky, (Boggess) committed the offense of possession of viewing of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor when, having knowledge of its contents, character, and that the sexual performance is by a minor, he intentionally viewed matter which visually depicts an actual sexual performance by a minor person in violation of (Kentucky Revised Statute) 531.335,” the grand jury stated in court records obtained from the Calloway Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.
The grand jury went on to say that, “between the first day of January 2019 and the 25th day of April 2019, in Calloway County, Kentucky, (Boggess) committed the offense of voyeurism when he intentionally used a camera for the purpose of videotaping the (private parts), an undergarment worn without being publicly visible or (private part) of another person without that person’s consent, in violation of KRS 531.090.”
Murray police arrested Boggess on April 25 after the camera the grand jury described was discovered by Murray High staff inside a bathroom at the campus. The arrest came after Murray Police Department Detective Andrew Wiggins interviewed Boggess after MPD was called to the campus.
Boggess waived a preliminary hearing in Calloway District Court in late May and the case went to the grand jury. The preliminary hearing would have been utilized to determine if enough probable cause existed in the case to move it forward. The grand jury also based its ruling as to whether or not to indict on the amount of evidence it believed is in place.
Calloway District Judge Randall Hutchens has already scheduled Boggess’ first appearance in Calloway Circuit Court for July 16 in advance of the grand jury indicting Boggess.
Individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.