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Bismarck karate instructor charged with filming children in changing rooms

Bismarck karate instructor charged with filming children in changing rooms

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A karate instructor has been charged with secretly filming children in changing rooms at a Bismarck martial arts school.

Adler James Scheer, 23, has been charged with three felony counts of surreptitious intrusion and one felony count of gross sexual imposition.

Bismarck police received a report of an incident that occurred at about 8 p.m. Monday at Bismarck ATA Martial Arts, which is located at 801 W. Interstate Ave., according to an affidavit.

A 13-year-old girl reported that she found a phone in a dressing room where she was changing. She said she started to undress when she noticed a phone resting on top of a dividing wall.

When she retrieved the phone, she noticed it had been recording for about 16 minutes. The girl turned it over to Scheer, a karate instructor, the affidavit says.

Scheer was questioned about the phone and allegedly admitted that the phone was his, according to the affidavit. He reportedly told police he had recorded children on two prior instances, as well.

Scheer allegedly admitted to recording three children younger than age 14 in the changing rooms, the affidavit says.

The affidavit states he admitted to recording the children in the changing rooms "in an attempt to see their bodies and fulfill his curiosity and sexual desire." Scheer reportedly also admitted to inappropriately touching an 11-year-old.

South Central District Judge Bruce Romanick set his bond at $50,000 at Scheer's initial court appearance on Thursday.

(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or


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