Officer who put camera in Glen Burnie High bathroom won't be charged

Police say no criminal violation found; administrative review continues

April 16, 2013|By Andrea Siegel, The Baltimore Sun

Anne Arundel County police said Tuesday that no criminal charges will be filed against an officer who placed a camera in a boys' restroom at Glen Burnie High School.

But the officer involved in the incident, who was not identified, remains on administrative leave.

In a statement, police said they had conducted an investigation in conjunction with the Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office, and "based upon the evidence, no criminal laws have been violated, and therefore the officer involved in this incident will not be criminally charged."

On March 20, a student found what appeared to be a camera in the restroom and told an assistant principal about it. The camera was turned over to police, who said a 14-year veteran of the department, most recently assigned to the Special Services Bureau, had installed the camera without police or school officials knowing.

The officer was placed on paid administrative leave with his police powers suspended.

On Tuesday, police said the criminal investigation revealed the device was not used to record, store, or transmit any images or sound. The camera had been placed on the bathroom ceiling and was in plain sight. Why the officer put the camera in a bathroom — in plain view — remained unanswered.

"We can't nail it down to a specific reason without us speculating," said Lt. T.J. Smith, a department spokesman.

Police said that while the criminal investigation is over, the internal-affairs one is not. The officer remains the subject of an administrative probe, Smith said.

Maneka Monk, communications manager for the school system, said "we defer to the police" in terms of the investigation findings. She said the school system continues to work in a collaborative way with police and school resource officers."We rely on them," she said.

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