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Hidden Camera In School Bathroom Leads To Arrest, Principal Says

By David Matthews | September 21, 2016 9:27pm | Updated on September 22, 2016 8:37am
 Ogden International School's East Campus, 24 W. Walton St.
Ogden International School's East Campus, 24 W. Walton St.
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DOWNTOWN — Police have arrested someone suspected of putting a camera in a Gold Coast elementary school bathroom, according to the school's principal.

Michael Beyer of Ogden International School told parents via email Wednesday night that charges are pending over the "camera-like device" discovered two weeks ago at the school's east campus at 24 W. Walton St.

Beyer also told parents to brace for fallout from the arrest.

"As further details are revealed, there may be questions around those who may have been personally impacted ... Respecting their privacy is imperative," Beyer wrote.

"We can also expect the media to again be outside our school. It may be helpful for you to be ready to reassure your child that our school is safe, and that we want for them as students to remain focused on their learning and to continue doing their best," he said.

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Police could not immediately confirm an arrest was made early Thursday, saying they were simply talking to a "person of interest."

Ogden officials discovered a plastic device resembling a camera in one of the school's staff bathrooms Sept. 7, the second day of school. Police removed the device and did not find any others during a subsequent search of the campus, which serves students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Beyer told parents then the device was "not designed to send information, so we are confident that no images were transmitted by the device."

Last week, Beyer told parents an Ogden employee was "removed from their responsibilities and will not return to the school" in light of the discovery.

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Beyer said Wednesday the school has "taken every step possible" to ensure a similar incident doesn't occur. He also thanked Ogden parents for their support despite the unsettling news at the start of the school year.

"I know many of you have felt uneasy waiting for information, yet you have remained focused and supportive during this time," he wrote. "Regardless of this incident, the beginning of our school year has been successful and wonderful, and our students are happy and learning. I am so thankful for your support, professionalism and resiliency."

Beyer declined to comment when contacted by DNAinfo late Wednesday.

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