School janitor arrested in hidden camera case - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news & weather

School janitor arrested in hidden camera case

Michael Scott Girard Michael Scott Girard
  • Fox 29 Daily HeadlinesMore>>

  • 'Rocket Man' to 'Terrific': Trump lauds Kim in UN return

    'Rocket Man' to 'Terrific': Trump lauds Kim in UN return

    Monday, September 24 2018 12:51 AM EDT2018-09-24 04:51:38 GMT
    Tuesday, September 25 2018 12:57 AM EDT2018-09-25 04:57:08 GMT
    (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2017 file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters. Trump will be joined by other populist leaders at the 73rd Gen...(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2017 file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters. Trump will be joined by other populist leaders at the 73rd Gen...

    Trump will stress his dedication to the primacy of U.S. interests while competing with Western allies for an advantage on trade and shining a spotlight on the threat that he says Iran poses to the Middle East and beyond.

    More >>

    Trump will stress his dedication to the primacy of U.S. interests while competing with Western allies for an advantage on trade and shining a spotlight on the threat that he says Iran poses to the Middle East and beyond.

    More >>
  • Trump leads aggressive, all-out GOP drive to save Kavanaugh

    Trump leads aggressive, all-out GOP drive to save Kavanaugh

    Monday, September 24 2018 2:52 AM EDT2018-09-24 06:52:33 GMT
    Tuesday, September 25 2018 12:53 AM EDT2018-09-25 04:53:51 GMT
    (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta). FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Combat won out over caution. White House aides and congressio...(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta). FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Combat won out over caution. White House aides and congressio...

    The new accusation came just a few hours after negotiators had reached an agreement to hold a public hearing Thursday for Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses him of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were teenagers.

    More >>

    The new accusation came just a few hours after negotiators had reached an agreement to hold a public hearing Thursday for Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses him of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were teenagers.

    More >>
  • 4 dead, including suspect, after Maryland warehouse shooting

    4 dead, including suspect, after Maryland warehouse shooting

    Thursday, September 20 2018 10:38 AM EDT2018-09-20 14:38:29 GMT
    Friday, September 21 2018 12:48 AM EDT2018-09-21 04:48:06 GMT
    Multiple people are dead after a female gunman opened fire at a Rite Aid warehouse Thursday morning in Aberdeen, MD, north of Baltimore. (Source: WJZ/CNN)Multiple people are dead after a female gunman opened fire at a Rite Aid warehouse Thursday morning in Aberdeen, MD, north of Baltimore. (Source: WJZ/CNN)
    Multiple people are dead after a female gunman opened fire at a Rite Aid warehouse Thursday morning in Aberdeen, MD, north of Baltimore. (Source: WJZ/CNN)Multiple people are dead after a female gunman opened fire at a Rite Aid warehouse Thursday morning in Aberdeen, MD, north of Baltimore. (Source: WJZ/CNN)

    Authorities say multiple people have been shot in northeast Maryland in what the FBI is describing as an "active shooter situation".

    More >>

    Authorities say multiple people have been shot in northeast Maryland in what the FBI is describing as an "active shooter situation".

    More >>

STUART, FL (WFLX) - Police have made an arrest after investigating a hidden camera found in the girl's locker room of Stuart's Pine School last week.

UPDATE, MON 12 PM: Michael Scott Girard, 25, of Palm City, was arrested on four counts of video voyeurism almost one week after several girls discovered a cell phone hidden in the ceiling of a locker room.

Girard was the school's janitor.

PREVIOUSLY: As parents waited in the rain Tuesday to pick up their kids from the Pine School in Stuart, many of them were talking about what was found Monday inside the girls' locker room, a hidden video camera.

"You don't expect that sort of thing at a private school obviously. It's pretty sick you know," said parent Bob Davis.

Officer Mike Pope of the Stuart Police Department said when the 6th grade girls discovered it, they turned it over to a school staff member.

Shortly after, the girls asked the principal if he had gotten the camera.  He hadn't, so the principal immediately found the employee the girls had initially alerted, and got the device.

 "We do have an employee who is not a faculty member or an administrator who is on administrative leave," said Phyllis Parker, the interim Head of School.

According to the school, that employee was escorted off campus for violating procedures because he didn't make administrators aware of the device after he first got it from the girls.

Thorough searches were conducted on both the Lower Campus in Stuart and on the Upper Campus in Hobe Sound and no other recording devices were found.

Upper School student Karlee Davis said, "Everyone was a little scared and a little shocked."

A detective was on the Lower School campus Tuesday, and is being made available for parents who have questions.

 "Be patient with Stuart police as they continue to do legally what they need to do and we will provide appropriate details and updates in a timely manner," added Parker.

No arrests have been made yet and the employee who was escorted off campus has not been identified.

Police have not said what, if anything, was recorded or how long the camera may have been hidden in the locker room.

School's email to parents:

Dear Parents,
 
Thank you for your patience with the Stuart Police Department investigation of yesterday's incident on the Stuart campus. The safety and well-being of our student body is always our primary concern, and the Stuart Police Department has our full support and cooperation as they investigate this matter.  
 
There are several details we can share with you at this time. First, the suspected owner of the device found in the girls' locker room is a member of our maintenance staff and not a faculty member or administrator. Upon learning of the incident yesterday, we immediately notified the Stuart Police and will continue to provide them with our assistance. The individual in question will not be on campus.  
 
While this incident is understandably the subject of press attention, camera crews are not allowed on our campus and no children are being filmed. We have a great working relationship with the local media currently on scene, and they are sensitive to the nature of the investigation as well as its effects on our school family.
 
Again, while the investigation is active, questions should be directed to Stuart Police Department Detective Heather Rothe at 772-220-3923 or hrothe@ci.stuart.fl.us.  I am happy to speak with you to the extent possible at any time.  Feel free to email or call me with questions.
 
We will continue to provide timely updates as the investigation continues.
 
Thank you,
 
Phyllis Parker
Head of School
www.pparker@thepineschool.org
772-675-7010

Copyright 2012 WFLX. All Rights Reserved.

Powered by Frankly

1100 Banyan Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.