Belleville PD: Secret video of female students made by Althoff athletes

News-DemocratMay 21, 2013 

Belleville Police Chief Bill Clay.

BND

— Police are investigating a report that female students at Althoff Catholic High School secretly were videotaped by members of a school sports team.

Chief William Clay Jr. declined to discuss the specifics of the case because the suspects are juveniles, but said it was an investigation into a violation of the Illinois law against unauthorized video recording in a restroom or locker room. The suspects are members of an Althoff sports team, he said.

There were multiple female students who were taped, Clay said.

"I don't want to talk about the specific circumstances too much right now," Clay said Tuesday afternoon.

Clay said police got a late start on the investigation. It began at 8:27 p.m. on May 3 -- two days after the school's staff became aware of the allegations.

Althoff staff members conducted their own investigation before calling police, Clay said. They attempted to interview or interviewed most of the students suspected of making the videotape or having knowledge of it.

Althoff Principal Dave Harris could not be reached for comment. He did not respond to written questions from a reporter.

Belleville police contacted the St. Clair County State's Attorney's office to seize or secure cellphones or other electronic devices that might have been used to make the videotapes or any device that might contain the videotape, Clay said.

State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said Tuesday he requested a special prosecutor from the State Appellate Prosecutor's Office because of a conflict in his office. Lorinda Lampkin will handle the case, Kelly said.

"We are still working this case," Clay said. "We are still investigating this."

The law Clay cited was the same law under which former Edwardsville police officer Michael Collins was charged when police said he filmed women in a tanning salon. The law states that it is unlawful for any person to record or transmit live video of another person without their consent in a restroom, tanning bed, tanning salon, locker room or hotel bedroom.

Got a news tip or more information about this story? Contact reporter Beth Hundsdorfer at bhundsdorfer@bnd.com or 618-239-2570.

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