Hidden camera in school restroom

Jan. 5, 2006 at 4:11 PM

RICHMOND, Ill., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A grade school employee is suspected of planting a hidden video camera in a school bathroom used by adults, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The camera, described as thumb-size and wireless, was found Dec. 13 taped to a pipe under the sink and pointed toward the toilet at Richmond Grade School. The employee, reportedly a male custodian, was suspended with pay shortly after the camera was found.

Children do not use that bathroom, Superintendent Paul Hain said Wednesday, adding that the pupils' safety and privacy were not jeopardized.

Police found other material, but Hain declined to specify what they were. He acknowledged that police found an April receipt for the purchase of the video camera.

It was unclear whether the camera had been hidden in the bathroom since April, Hain said.

Richmond Grade School has about 620 kindergarten through fifth grade pupils. The district's two other elementary schools, Spring Grove Grade School and Nippersink Middle School, were checked and no similar devices were found, Hain said.

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