Former UGA Bulldogs equipment manager sentenced after pleading guilty to spying on men's shower


James Kevin Purvis (Photo by Rob Saye/BullDawg Nation)

By Joe Johnson

A former equipment manager for the University of Georgia football team this month was sentenced to jail and probation after pleading guilty to charges he used a hidden camera to capture images of a male showering in the Bulldogs’ locker room.

In a negotiated agreement with the Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney Office, 38-year-old Kevin James Purvis pleaded guilty to invasion of privacy and possession of eavesdropping devices, according to the sentencing document filed Dec. 11 in Clarke County Superior Court.

Charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana were dismissed as part of the plea bargain.

Judge Lawton Stephens subsequently sentenced Purvis to serve four consecutive weekends in the Irwin County Jail and five years on probation, according to court records.

Additionally, the judge barred Purvis from all UGA properties and UGA-sanctioned events, including away games

Purvis’ arrest in March 2018 came nearly a month after an unidentified person found a camera hidden in a shower area of Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall.

UGA, which fired Purvis early in the investigation issued a statement that said no student-athletes were victimized.

Arrest warrants were issued after UGA police searched Purvis’ home on Timothy Road.

Purvis had been with the Bulldogs since 2006. He was hired as an assistant equipment manager after working for Valdosta State University.

Following his arrest, Purvis returned to his hometown of Ocilla, the seat of Irwin County where he is to begin the court-ordered weekend jail stints on Jan. 3, according to court records.


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