Crime

Bellingham pool worker filmed women in changing room, police say

David Frick, right, makes his first appearance in Whatcom County Jail courtroom Friday, August 5. Frick, 53, of Lynden, faced charges of voyeurism and possessing child pornography
David Frick, right, makes his first appearance in Whatcom County Jail courtroom Friday, August 5. Frick, 53, of Lynden, faced charges of voyeurism and possessing child pornography pdwyer@bhamherald.com

A Bellingham city employee admitted to videotaping four female employees in a changing area at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center, according to the Bellingham Police Department.

Police arrested David Alan Frick, 53, of Lynden, to face charges of voyeurism and possessing child pornography Thursday, Aug. 4.

Frick is a program coordinator for Bellingham Special Olympics.

Detectives had received a tip on July 8 that Frick had been collecting child pornography. At an interview with a detective on Thursday, he admitted to viewing the materials — and also made another confession that he had used a cellphone camera to film four women without their knowledge in the aquatic center’s staff changing area, police said. That changing room is separate from the public changing area at the city-run pool, said Bellingham Police Lt. Bob Vander Yacht.

“We do not have any reason to believe that his criminal activities at the Aquatic Center involved patrons,” the police department said in a news release.

All four females were all adults, Vander Yacht said, but he did not give exact ages.

Frick admitted he’d been filming women without their knowledge for about a year, police said. He started working part time at the pool in 1996, and later became a full-time employee in 2007. Police did not say what position Frick held.

Officers booked him into the Whatcom County Jail around 9 p.m. Thursday. Police also served a search warrant at Frick’s home, and found more evidence related to the alleged crimes.

Mayor Kelli Linville and Police Chief Clifford Cook scheduled a news conference about the arrest for Friday at city hall. No more details will be provided until then, Vander Yacht said.

“We are all shocked by this development,” Linville said in the news release. “My top priority is to make sure that all community residents and employees are safe. This employee's access to city facilities has been revoked and he will be suspended upon his release from custody, pending the outcome of an internal investigation. We're asking anyone with information in this case to contact the police department.”

People with tips can contact a police call center, at 360-778-8754, that will be open through the weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Or visit cob.org/tips.

Court records show Frick has no felony record in Washington state.

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan. Caleb Hutton contributed to this report.

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