Former Fairfield coach sentenced to 20 years in federal prison

Timothy C. GoingEAST ST. LOUIS — A 43-year-old former Fairfield Community High School math teacher and cross-country coach was sentenced Monday to 20 years in federal prison for secretly videotaping female student athletes.

Timothy C. Going was sentenced this morning in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis. In September of last year, Going reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors and changed his plea to guilty on three counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of possession of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

In addition to 20 years behind bars, Going will have to serve another 15 years parole once he is released from federal prison.

Prosecutors in Wayne County decided against pursuing charges against Going, in favor of federal prosecution.

Federal prosecutors filed charges against Going when it was discovered his videotaping extended beyond cameras in the school locker room in Fairfield to hotel bathrooms in St. Clair County, where members of the high school girls’ cross-country team stayed overnight in advance of regional competitions in 2012 and 2013. Investigators revealed the cameras were concealed in a device designed to look like a smoke detector