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Police find no images in computers of officer suspected in school camera investigation

14-year veteran officer remains suspended

By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun

4:00 PM EDT, March 22, 2013

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No photos, recordings or videos were found on any computers "associated with the police officer" who is under investigation by Anne Arundel County police in the placement of what appeared to be a camera in a boys' bathroom at Glen Burnie High School, county police said Friday.

Lt. T.J. Smith declined to say how many computers were seized in the investigation, whose computers they were, or where the search — or searches — took place.

"No images of any person were captured," on the computers or from the item found Wednesday by a student in the boys bathroom in the media building of the high school, Smith said. On Thursday, he said no images were found stored on the camera.

A 14-year veteran of the department who police suspect of placing the camera in the bathroom had his police powers suspended and was placed on paid administrative leave. Police would not identify him or say if he was the police officer assigned to the high school.

An internal affairs investigation has begun, in addition to a criminal investigation.

A student spotted the camera by the ceiling around 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, and reported that to a vice principal around noon, saying he felt uncomfortable in the restroom.

So far, the investigation indicated that the device belonged to neither the public school nor the police and that the officer put the readily spotted camera in the bathoom on his own, according to police.

Andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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