Former Federal Way student, possibly others, focus of voyeurism investigation

Basketball coach not subject of criminal investigation due to statute of limitations.

Federal Way detectives are focusing on a former Federal Way High School student — and possibly others — as the subject of their investigation into a 2016 voyeurism case that prompted the school district to place Federal Way High School basketball coach Jerome Collins on administrative leave last week.

Police reopened the case last week after former student Tally Thomas filed a tort claim against the district for $3.5 million, accusing Collins of intentionally covering up a sex scandal to save the school’s chance of a state championship.

However, while Collins is the focus of the suit against the district, he is not the subject of the criminal investigation, said Federal Way Police Department Commander Kurt Schwan.

Thomas claims that she and the two basketball players who were allegedly involved in the incident met in 2016 with Collins, who allegedly discouraged her from reporting the situation. She claims that Collins may have violated state law for mandatory reporting — a gross misdemeanor.

But since the case was originally reported to police in 2016, the case has exceeded the two-year statute of limitations for prosecuting gross misdemeanors, Schwan said.

For the criminal investigation, “we’re focusing on one student, but we haven’t ruled out the possibility of additional [former] students,” he added.