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UPDATE: Janitor arrested after Clear Lake police investigated secret camera installed in school bathroom



This news story was published on February 12, 2018.
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CLEAR LAKE – Clear Lake police are investigating an alleged secret camera installed in a school bathroom, and a Mason City man has been arrested.

Clear Lake police say that on Monday, February 12 at around 5:00 PM, 46-year-old David Bemis of Mason City was arrested on four counts of Invasion of Privacy.

Police say that while employed as a custodian with the Clear Lake Community School District, Bemis allegedly placed a video recording device in a staff bathroom at Clear Creek Elementary School, 901 South 14th Street. This occured in May of 2013. Bemis was transported to the Cerro Gordo County Jail.

In January 2018, the Clear Lake Community School District became aware of possible invasions of privacy that occurred in one of their schools. District officials contacted the Clear Lake Police Department to investigate. The report alleged that a school employee placed a small video recording device in a staff restroom. That person is no longer is employed with the school district.

Investigators were able to recover video evidence that showed brief footage of a staff restroom in one school. The footage was recorded over four years ago and showed only four school employees. Those employees have been contacted. There is no evidence of any student being recorded or involved.

The police department worked closely with the school, other law enforcement agencies, and the Cerro Gordo County Attorney’s Office.

At this time, police believe the recordings were an isolated incident and all involved parties have been identified. The case remains active and charges are pending.

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16 Responses to UPDATE: Janitor arrested after Clear Lake police investigated secret camera installed in school bathroom

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 13, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Many police dept.are using spyware to copy what’s on a cell phone nowadays. If the jail has it they should use it on this guys phone. Maybe they’ll find more damning evidence. Something fishy.

  2. Well Reply Report comment

    February 13, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    What if he was trying to catch faculty doing illegal activities ( drugs etc.. ) hmmmmmm

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Creep dog. He wasn’t a good janitor.

    • just the facts Reply Report comment

      February 13, 2018 at 4:49 am

      Now they/re ‘mopping the floor with him’ !!

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    They need to polygraph the entire school staff at once. Find the guilty party before they go on the lam and skip town.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Dear me I hope this doesn’t make the national news. Scandalous!

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    The article states ‘brief footage over four years ago in a restroom’ for school staff. Janitors clean restrooms. Sounds like a hidden camera was used. Had to be small. Gopros where relatively new then. Easy to spot too. But a spy camera can be the size of a pea aka hat pin. Think James Bond here. Then again the perpetrator might have drill a hole in the wall. As this is an active investigation it’s best to let Clear Lake Finest handle it.

  7. Barney Fife Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    I’ll put money on fast Freddie Weick,

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Fred Wieck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    No doubt about it

  9. Allen Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    The perpetrator of this needs to be publically identified, so we can all keep an (eye) on him/her. And, Sad But True, is right.

  10. Sad But True Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    who wants to watch somebody take a dump? Sick

  11. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Around 20 years ago didn’t this happen in the girls locker room in CL. Male teacher was caught maybe. Not sure about it.

  12. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    There are cameras everywhere soon to be in the air on drones. The technology is such that some are no bigger than a hat pin. And they are crystal clear too. Don’t do anything wrong and you’ll be fine. As for this situation it sounds sexual in nature. Was it a male or female doing the dirty. Even though it’s now widespread across the nation with adults preying on the youth it still comes as a shock so close to home. A good janitor should have caught this.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 12, 2018 at 3:50 pm

      How do you know a janitor didn’t find it? And what the hell is a “hat pin?”