A network television employee has been charged with 18 counts of misdemeanor child annoying for making sexually oriented photos and videotapes of cheerleaders performing or practicing at Southern California schools, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday.
Steven L. Ettinger, 38, of Simi Valley, a scheduler of commercials for ABC-TV in Los Angeles, falsely told school officials and others he was filming for a TV program, or was a photographer for a cheerleading magazine or for a cheerleading event sponsor, said the sheriff's detective working on the case.
The charges stem from pictures taken in recent years at Antelope Valley Christian School, a private school in Lancaster, at Van Nuys High School and at Crescenta Valley High School in La Crescenta, deputies said.
Deputies suspect Ettinger also took pictures at as many as seven other local schools.
Photos and four videotapes seized from Ettinger's house during a Jan. 20 search show cheerleaders fully clothed during games or practice sessions. The pictures focus on the girls' crotch areas and often don't show their faces, said Detective Mitch Loman of the sheriff's child exploitation team.