Former cheerleader coach charged after camera uncovers videos of 60 women

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WSMV) — A former cheerleader coach was indicted by a grand jury Friday in Williamson County for secretly taping girls, most of them underage, as they changed clothes.

According to court documents, Andrew Wayne Halford, 32, was charged with seven counts of aggravated unlawful photographing of a minor. The charges refer to incidents that occurred in 2020 and 2021.

In January 2021, Franklin police told us that a camera was found inside a locker room and girls’ restroom inside a Franklin gymnasium. The camera contained videos of 60 women, mostly minors. The gymnasium, Premier Athletics, have confirmed that the coach, Halford, has been made redundant.

Halford had also worked as a tumbling coach at Elite Cheerleading and Gymnastics in Carthage as well as Premier Athletics in Franklin where he also installed a recording device in the girls’ locker room.

Smith County investigators tell us Halford admitted to hiding a GoPro camera in a backpack and then placing it on a shelf inside the Carthage studio bathroom. He also told investigators he did the same to Franklin.

Halford’s trial is scheduled to take place in October 2022 in Smith County. He was also moved from Smith County Jail to Williamson County Jail after the indictment and will appear for arraignment on Monday.

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