• Kirkland high school coach charged with recording video of students changing uniforms

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff


    Kirkland police arrested a former high school athletic director, who was also the volunteer volleyball team coach, for suspected voyeurism. 

    Brenden Rajah, 28, is suspected of recording at least two Puget Sound Adventist Academy girls changing their basketball uniforms.  

    According to police, other students were using the athletic department’s tablet when they discovered the videos. Rajah was quickly identified because he had also recorded himself within the video footage, and could be seen turning the video on and off, police said. 

    The school handed over the tablet and other school electronics for examination. 

    He was arrested on Thursday night. Officers seized items from his Kirkland home. 

    The principal of the private Christian school and Rajah’s wife both showed up in a downtown Seattle jail courtroom this afternoon, where the suspect was supposed to have a bail hearing.  

    However, that appearance was canceled when formal charges were filed. They all declined to comment on camera. 

    On the phone, the principal told KIRO 7 that Rajah “no longer has any connection” with the Kirkland school. 

    Puget Sound Adventist Academy released this statement to KIRO 7: 

    "Puget Sound Adventist Academy is focused on helping our students move forward in dealing with a betrayal of trust this week."

    "School officials are fully cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation of two videos found on a school iPad of athletes trying on uniforms. The coach, who was questioned and arrested by Kirkland Police Department, has no further connection with the school."

    "Safety in all forms is important to Puget Sound Adventist Academy. We actively work to nurture, guide, and protect students spiritually, academically, physically, and socially."

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