<b>Voyeur, former Selah teacher sent to prison for 28 months</b>

David McMillen, a former Selah teacher, looks back at others sitting in the courtroom Feb. 27, 2015, just before he is sentenced to 28 months in prison for voyeurism in connection with the placement of a hidden camera under a female student's desk. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic)

A former Selah Junior High School student is suing a former teacher who has been convicted of voyerism.

In late February, David McMillen, 55, was sentenced to more than two years in prison on voyeurism charges. Yakima County Superior Court Judge Gayle Harthcock said at the time the former science teacher violated the trust parents and the community had placed in him. In 2011, he put a camera under the
 then-14-year-old girl’s desk.

“There’s a profound betrayal that occurs when a teacher takes advantage of a student like this,” said the plaintiff’s attorney, Bryan Smith, on Monday; Smith is of Tamaki Law Offices. “The betrayal can be long lasting.”

According to a lawsuit filed in Yakima County Superior Court last week, she is requesting unspecified damages, attorney’s fees and costs and any other relief the court might order. A jury trial has been requested.

In October 2011, one of the girl’s classmates fell out of his chair and spotted a camera underneath her desk, according to a police affidavit. The girl’s mother had previously told the court that McMillen had told her daughter and other students not to tell administrators about it and that he would dispose of the camera. The girl told the principal, who seized the camera, but its memory card had been erased by then.

Smith called the case “disturbing.

“I was hoping that at least one of the victims would have the courage to come forward and hold McMillen accountable,” he said.

McMillen is incarcerated at Airway Heights Corrections
Center.

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He is serving a sentence concurrently with a 22-month sentence he received in February in King County Superior Court on a separate voyeurism charge. Upon receiving the summons, he will have 20 days to respond.