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Police: Cellphone Camera Found In Ceiling Of Faculty Bathroom At L.I. School

Countrywood Primary Center (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Countrywood Primary Center (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

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SOUTH HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island man has been accused of placing a hidden cellphone camera and taking videos of staff and faculty inside the bathroom of a South Huntington school, police said.

The iPhone was discovered last Thursday after someone noticed a ceiling tile out of place in the co-ed faculty restroom at the Countrywood Primary Center, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports


“There was a little crack where the phone was placed above it,” said Steve Bartholomew, spokesman for South Huntington school district, adding the school’s faculty members are horrified. “The staff is upset, there’s a certain sense of violation.”

Police arrested 31-year-old Kevin Clancy, of Glen Head, a computer IT technician from an outside company who was assigned to do work at the school.

Sources tell 1010 WINS Clancy worked for Custom Computer Specialists of Hauppauge, N.Y., a major supplier of IT services for school districts.  The company did not immediately return a call for comment.

Clancy has been charged with second degree unlawful surveillance. Police seized the phone and Clancy’s computers.

“We’re examining the phone and computers, and it doesn’t appear that anything involves children,” Det. Sgt. Richard Auspaker said.

Clancy has been removed from his assignment and will not be returning to any of the school buildings, the South Huntington school district said in a statement.

No other recording devices were found after “every restroom in every building” was “thoroughly searched and inspected,” the district added.

Clancy posted bail of $750 and was released, Auspaker said.

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