Ogden Principal Said An Arrest Has Been Made For Camera-Like Device

CHICAGO (CBS) — Ogden International School sent out an email to parents on Wednesday night with new information regarding the camera-like device found in one of the school’s restroom.

Dr. Michael Beyer, Principal of Ogden International sent an email to parents stating “an arrest has been made and charges are pending” for the camera-like device found in a restroom at the school’s east campus, 24 W. Walton St., two weeks ago.

Beyer said he was sending the update not only to inform parents of the arrest, but to prepare them for when charges are filed.

“As further details are revealed, there may be questions around those who may have been personally impacted,” Beyer wrote. “Please be assured that CPD has been in contact with all of the individuals who have been impacted by this incident and those individuals have been made aware. Respecting their privacy is imperative.”

Beyer also told parents that media is to be expected outside the school again and for parents to reassure their children that the school is safe, so students can “remain focused on their learning and to continue doing their best.”

The plastic device that resembled a camera was found Sept. 7 in a staff restroom. The school called police about the device, and conducted a full sweep of the campus, as well as the other Ogden International campus on the West Side. No other devices were found.

Beyer said in his first email alert to parents, the device that was found was not designed to send information, so the school does not believe any images were transmitted by the device.

A staff member was fired a few days later. Beyer did not identify the employee, and said he cannot share much information, because the issue was a personnel matter.

Police confirmed Thursday that they are questioning a person of interest, but could not confirm an arrest was made.

There are no other details at this time.

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