Third Tape Surfaces in Skiatook Coach Investigation


Saturday, August 12th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


A third videotape surfaced in the investigation of a Skiatook coach who put a camera in a girl’s locker room.

KOTV broke the story earlier this week.

The police say someone turned over another tape to investigators Friday.

They aren't saying what is on this third video, but they plan to turn it and the other tapes over to the district attorney next week.

25 girls have been identified in videotapes taken in a school locker room.

In at least one of the tapes, former coach Harry Red Eagle Junior is seen placing a camera in a locker and covering it with a cloth.

Now investigators are talking to the victims and their parents, who are reacting much as the police expected.

“Upset, but very understanding, they've been very helpful and understanding on the process that it does take time to collect the information," says Chief Dan Yancey

Red Eagle has not been as cooperative.

Police say he agreed to an interview earlier this week, but now is refusing to talk.

The school board accepted his resignation Thursday night.

Many parents are upset because they’d hoped the board would fire him.

Several of them have sought the help of a Tulsa attorney because they do not want Red Eagle to be able to work in another school district.

“Justice I think would be first of all we have to find out. If the school system itself was aware of any of these going on earlier on and didn't do anything about it," says Tulsa attorney Bob Butler.

The school board president says the board's hands were tied because there are no charges filed against Red Eagle.

That's up to the district attorney, and that's the decision everyone is waiting for.

Everyone involved in getting KOTV the tape that we've shown you this week has come forward and given statements to police.

The person who provided the tape to KOTV told us they didn't have enough information to help police get a search warrant for coach Red Eagle's home.

The police chief says a few other witnesses have also come forward.