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Camera Found in Penn High School Locker Room

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:25 pm

Students and neighbors talk camera found in high school locker room


By Emily Pritchard - epritchard@abc57.com



Story Updated: Dec 2, 2011 at 7:35 PM EST

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – As students left Penn Harris Madison High School on Friday, they said everyone is talking about a camera being found inside the boy’s swim locker room.
“I just know a lot of people were talking about it. Our teacher was talking about it and she said just drop the topic and try not to worry about it,” said Freshmen Mitchell Whedon.
Freshmen Brandon Leis chimed in that he didn’t think as many people were talking about the camera.
“Not really a whole lot. They’ve been trying to keep it on the down low and not try to stir up any ruckus,” said Leis.
The school told ABC 57 “a couple of students” found the camera in January of 2011, but didn’t tell any adults about it, including the school and police, until Wednesday, November 30th.
Most students are surprised to think that this could happen at their school.
“I was really surprised. I was actually kind of freaked out because I was in swimming today, but I think Penn will take care of it and everything will turn out fine,” said Whedon.
The school’s website also states, “Finally, we want the community to know that we are deeply saddened by this breach of trust by one of our staff members.”

ABC 57 went to Troup’s neighborhood in Mishawaka on Friday. A close friend of Troup asked that we give them space while they try to figure out “what’s actually going on”.
Next door neighbors said they were friends of Troup and didn’t have any comment.
Jamee Mihalek’s grandfather has lived across the street from Troup for more than twenty years. She said that Troup and she have never gotten along.
“He was always really mean to me, really mean. Ever since I was younger like since I was nine and ten, really mean me,” said Mihalek.
She said Troup’s been a custodian at Penn for as long as she can remember. When asked if she was surprised to hear Troup was arrested in connection to the camera, she said, “No I wasn’t surprised.”
Mihalek even said she knows Troup used to have cameras to monitor his walkway.
“Like the cameras that he has set up there in his walkway, were for me and my brother, because he was afraid we were going to do something to his house, which we never did. So it’s just weird,” said Mihalek.
Troup has not been charged with a crime, but is still in police custody as of Friday night.
St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office released a statement Friday that said it is “presently reviewing” the police reports. The office should have its review completed by Saturday and if there’s sufficient evidence it will be given to judge on Saturday morning for charging.

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Re: Camera Found in Penn High School Locker Room

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:28 pm

UPDATE: Penn High School releases statement about hidden camera scandal



By Jason Aubry

Story Created: Dec 2, 2011 at 4:25 AM EST


MISHAWAKA, Ind. – A Penn-Harris-Madison High School janitor has been arrested and may face charges of voyeurism and manufacturing child pornography. This is after a hidden camera was found in the boys locker room connected to the swimming pool at the school.


Robert Troup, 53, was arrested on Thursday after he refused to talk to investigators about the camera. Police secured a search warrant for his home and confiscated his computer as part of their investigation.

The announcement of Troup’s arrest came late Thursday. Earlier in the evening, ABC 57 caught up with the boy’s and girl’s swim teams at an away meet at rival Northridge High School.

Parents at the meet cheered their kids on, but were concerned and angry about the fact the camera had been hidden in the locker room. "I'm pretty pissed off that something like that's happened,” said Larry Hildebrandt, father of a Penn High School swimmer.

Other parents shared Hildebrandt’s feelings on the subject. Shocked, dismayed, disturbed, and violated were just some of the words they used to describe how they were feeling.

When asked how their children were handling the invasion of privacy, parents said their children were upset, angry, and looking for ways to make sure it would never happen again.


Meanwhile, parents remained loyal to the school as they waited patiently for more information to be released. “It's one of those unfortunate things that happens and shouldn't; but I think it's a great school and I'd still send my kids there," said Hildebrandt.

That was before they found out their children could have been spied on by a janitor at the school.

On Friday morning, Penn High School officials released a statement to students and parents:

"We know there are many rumors and questions about the camera that was found in the boys swim locker room at Penn High School. It will take more time to gather all of the facts but here’s what we know so far. Penn students found a camera in the boys swim locker room in January 2011. An adult at Penn High School was told about the camera on Wed. November 30, 2011. Penn administrators made a report the same day to the police. The police took custody of the Secure Digital (SD) card from the camera which contains the electronic images. The electronic images on the SD card led to the arrest of a Penn High School custodian. Penn staff have searched all Penn High School locker rooms and restrooms and determined that no other cameras exist. We are not in possession of the SD card so we do not know what electronic images are on it. We are cooperating fully with the police in the investigation.


Finally, we want the community to know that we are deeply saddened by this breach of trust by one of our staff members. Parents who have questions or concerns can call the superintendent’s administrative assistant at 574-258-9595."


For now, Troup remains in jail with no bond awaiting arraignment.

ABC 57 News will continue following the story and will bring you the latest information as it becomes available.

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Re: Camera Found in Penn High School Locker Room

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:47 pm

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Re: Camera Found in Penn High School Locker Room

Postby Bingo » Sat Dec 03, 2011 12:32 am

How come we never heard about the 14 year old Penn student who shot himself on school property in the head losing one of his eye sockets? This happened about a month ago.... :think:
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Re: Camera Found in Penn High School Locker Room

Postby Happy Mom » Sat Dec 03, 2011 8:07 am

Bingo wrote:How come we never heard about the 14 year old Penn student who shot himself on school property in the head losing one of his eye sockets? This happened about a month ago.... :think:

What????? Bingo, what happened?
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Re: Camera Found in Penn High School Locker Room

Postby Happy Mom » Sat Dec 03, 2011 9:49 pm

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HAPPENING NOW: Just released information at 7:04 p.m. "Troup posted a $1,000.00 cash bond and was released from custody about 4pm this afternoon. Troup is due in court Monday, December 5, 2011 at 1pm for his initial appearance."
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Re: Camera Found in Penn High School Locker Room

Postby Happy Mom » Sun Dec 04, 2011 8:03 am


EXCLUSIVE: Former co-worker not surprised about Troup charges

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Days after finding out a camera was hidden in a Penn High School locker room, parents still have lots of questions. But they're not the only ones – a former custodian wants to know why Robert Troup wasn't let go from the school corporation a decade ago.
Posted: 11:36 PM Dec 3, 2011
Reporter: Barbara Harrington
Email Address: barbara.harrington@wndu.com
EXCLUSIVE: Former co-worker not surprised about Troup charges



Days after finding out a camera was hidden in a Penn High School locker room, parents still have lots of questions.

But they're not the only ones – a former custodian wants to know why Robert Troup wasn't let go from the school corporation a decade ago.

She spoke exclusively to NewsCenter 16 on the condition of anonymity, saying she's scared of what Troup might do to her now that he's out of jail.

"I've never seen him be pleasant to anyone in the entire school," she said.

And he brings back unpleasant memories for the former Penn High School custodian.

"When I was working at Penn I was told to go up into his area by my group leader and work up there," she said. "He grabbed my arm super, super hard and pulled me out and left a mark on my arm and it was scary."

She says that happened more than a decade ago, when she was seven months pregnant.

She followed protocol and told her group leader about the incident, but there was no punishment for Troup.

That alarmed some of his co-workers because the angry outbursts were reportedly common.

"A friend of mine he had been chasing down the hallway with a broom and trying to hit her with a broomstick," she said.

After similar incidents were reported, the school corporation held a meeting with the custodians to talk about Troup's behavior.

"They asked what had all happened and they thanked us, we left, never heard anything more about it and he still worked for the corporation," she said.

And now she says the people who let Troup stay have some explaining to do – because if they would have taken action a decade ago, Penn students wouldn't be the victims.

"I've had calls from other custodians and they're thinking like me, it's about time," she said. "But they're also thinking it's sad it took this long."
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