A Tennessee teacher has been arrested after a secret recording device was found in a locker room, officials said.
The device was hiding in the girls’ locker room at Cleveland Middle School before it was discovered on March 15, the city’s police department said in a news release.
Now a college teacher has been charged. Police in a press release did not list information about the teacher’s attorney, identified as Christopher Schroll.
Cleveland City Schools did not immediately share a statement on the allegations with McClatchy News on March 17. The district told other news outlets that “the highest priority is the education, welfare and protection of our students.”
“Recently, there were allegations of misconduct against one of our employees,” school officials said in a statement shared with WDEF. “We responded immediately by removing this employee from the classroom and the employee is suspended from employment with the school district.”
Police said college officials learned about the recording device after a student found it hidden on campus, about 30 miles northeast of Chattanooga. Officers teamed up with school employees and conducted interviews as part of the ongoing investigation.
Schroll was reportedly in custody less than 24 hours later. He faces a felony charge of attempted aggravated unlawful photograph of a minor, police say.
“We commend the staff at Cleveland Middle School for their immediate action in handling this situation, with the safety and well-being of students first,” the police department said in its statement.
In its statement, the district told WRCB, “We are currently working with local authorities on this issue. Our students are our priority and we will continue to cooperate fully with the Cleveland Police Department. »