Computers removed from home of Bluffton swim coach accused of lewd acts

08/01/2014 8:49 PM

08/01/2014 8:52 PM

Bluffton police have seized three computers from the home of a former Beaufort County and Hilton Head Island High School swimming coach charged Thursday with videotaping his female roommate in the bathroom.

Jeremy William Kemeny, 40, faces charges of two counts of lewd acts after the 18-year-old victim, who paid rent at Kemeny’s home, reported finding a video that showed her in the bathroom, Maj. Joseph Manning said.

Officers searched his home on Rocking Horse Lane late Thursday and seized the desktop computer where the victim found the video, as well as two laptop computers, Manning said.

“Our main priority was getting the evidence so it wasn’t destroyed,” he said.

Kemeny has been arrested in Beaufort County before, though police are still working to determine what became of a 2009 charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

According to a 2009 news release that remained on the police department’s website Thursday, Kemeny was accused of impersonating a 16-year-old boy on MySpace, a social networking website, to correspond with two 13-year-old girls and convince them to send him sexually suggestive photos. On Friday, 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone said he had no information on that arrest.

Manning said records of the case may have been sealed or expunged, but that he wasn’t sure.

Kemeny was also convicted of two counts of lewd acts in 2003, stemming from an incident in November 2002 while he was running swim programs at the Bluffton pool as a Beaufort County Parks and Leisure Services employee. Kemeny exposed himself to two female elementary school students in an office area of the pool, according to the Bluffton Police Department.

Before his arrest, Kemeny had spent a season as a swim coach for Hilton Head Island High School. His contract had expired at the end of the season, Beaufort County School District officials told The Island Packet at the time.

More information was not available Friday from school district spokesman Jim Foster.

Following that incident, Kemeny registered as a sex offender, the Bluffton Police Department said in 2009. He no longer appears on the U.S. Department of Justice’s registry of offenders, and Manning said police are working to determine why.

Because Kemeny’s 2003 conviction dealt with sexual misconduct, he also received a lifetime ban as a coach from USA Swimming, the national governing body for competitive swimming. He remains on that list, last updated online Monday.

On Friday, Kemeny was being held at the Beaufort County Detention Center, with bond set at $20,000, according to the jail log.

Police ask that those who have had contact with Kemeny or believe they may be a victim to call Investigator Michael Danyov at 843-706-4516 or Sgt. Kelly Heany at 843-706-4589.

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