Former Eastern Kentucky professor sentenced for hiding camera in campus bathroom

Published 4:36 pm Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Former Kentucky professor was sentenced Tuesday to more than 18 years in federal prison after he admitted he secretly hid a camera inside a men’s restroom on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University, prosecutors said.

Kyle Knezevich, 36, of Richmond, Kentucky, was sentenced on Tuesday, by U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove, to 220 months in prison, for attempted production of child pornography.

According to his plea agreement, on September 7, 2023, an Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) student located a hidden camera in a men’s bathroom on campus. An investigation revealed that the camera had been placed in the bathroom by Knezevich, who at the time was a professor at the University. After the discovery, law enforcement obtained a search warrant for Knezevich’s home and electronic devices.

A search of those devices revealed that Knezevich knowingly produced surreptitious recordings of both adult and minor males, from approximately 2009 through 2023. The videos were recorded in bathroom settings, including locker rooms, urinals, and the bathroom of his personal residence. In these videos, minor males can be seen in various states of nudity, including using the restroom, undressing, and showering. As part of his plea, Knezevich admitted that his intent in creating the videos was to capture the minor males engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Under federal law, Knezevich must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence. Upon his release from prison, he will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for life.

Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Michael E. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Louisville Field Office; Col. Phillip J. Burnett, Jr., Commissioner of the Kentucky State Police; and Chief Brandon Collins, EKU Police Department, jointly announced the sentence.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI, KSP, and EKU Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Roth is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted this case as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.