Former Clear Lake School Employee Accused of Recording Staff in Bathroom

February 12, 2018 10:48 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A former Clear Lake Community School District custodian was arrested Monday and is accused of putting a camera in a staff bathroom at a school in 2013.

David Bemis, 46, of Mason City, worked for the district until January, when officials became aware of the incident. When they began an investigation, Bemis resigned, Superintendent Doug Gee said.


"It got brought to our attention by somebody, and as soon as we found out about it within an hour we placed the employee on administrative paid leave," Gee said.

Neither the school nor the Clear Lake Police Department would clarify how they became aware of the incident or why it was reported nearly five years later, citing an open investigation.

Police say Bemis put a camera in an employee bathroom at Clear Creek Elementary School in May 2013. The camera captured four school employees on video, all of whom have been notified.

"They're doing as well as can be expected, to have something like that happen to you," Gee said.

Both police and school officials stressed no students were recorded or involved in the incident in any way. The district has since swept every bathroom in every school to ensure no other cameras were hidden.

Gee said they don't believe the video was ever distributed. 

Bemis is being held at the Cerro Gordo County Jail on four counts of invasion of privacy. Online court records do not yet show a court date.

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Logan Reigstad

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