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UPDATE: Roseville photographer suspected of videotaping girls in bathroom

By: Scott Thomas Anderson, Editor
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Roseville’s volleyball community is reeling from news that a local photographer and volleyball coach has been arrested on suspicion of secretly videotaping an underage girl undressing in a bathroom.

The development is especially jarring for families involved with Club Roseville Volleyball.

According to the Roseville Police Department, Ronald Roy Buchanan Jr., 30, of Roseville, was arrested by detectives Thursday and charged with possessing obscene matter involving a person under the age of 18.

Buchanan was a coach at Club Roseville Volleyball at the time of the alleged crime. The director of the popular volleyball outfit, Keith Hart, is Buchanan’s father-in-law. The suspect’s wife, Karesha Buchanan, is also a team coach for club. Hart told regional media that Ronald Buchanan was dropped from being a coach as soon as the accusations came to light.

Club Roseville Volleyball is a private organization that young volleyball players compete in, many of whom hope to better their odds of getting athletic scholarships.

Roseville police say Buchanan is suspected of filming the girl while she was getting ready for a photo shoot he’d set up. However, police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther stressed early media reports that the victim was filmed while at a volleyball-related event are not true.

“He met some of his teenage clients through volleyball,” Gunther told the Press Tribune. “But the filming didn’t happen at anything having to do with the volleyball club.”   

The investigation into Buchanan started when the teenage victim and her parent contacted police in November with concerns about inappropriate comments Buchanan had allegedly made, which led them to suspect the secret videotaping.

Police believe there may be more female photography clients who may have been videotaped without their knowledge.

“We think there could be other teenage victims,” Gunther said. “And we think there could also be adult women who were his clients that may have been videoed too.”

Anyone who has information that could assist in this case is asked to call Roseville Police Detectives at (916) 774-5070.

Buchanan is being held in the Placer County Jail on $250,000 bail.