Court documents reveal more details about invasion of privacy charges against former Clear Lake elementary custodian

CLEAR LAKE — More details are being revealed about the invasion of privacy charges a former Clear Lake elementary school custodian is facing.

Court documents show that 46-year-old David Bemis of Mason City is accused of placing a hidden video camera in a staff bathroom at Clear Creek Elementary School in May of 2013.

The documents say the camera was used to capture video and audio of four adult women in a state of partial nudity, with the victims having no prior knowledge of the camera or the existence of any recording. The documents also say that investigators recovered a USB storage device and laptop owned by Bemis that contained the recordings during the execution of a search warrant at his home in the 1200 block of South Carolina.

Bemis was placed on administrative leave once school administrators were informed about the possibility of the videos existing. Bemis resigned from the school district last month.

Law enforcement and school officials believe this is an isolated incident and that there were no students filmed.

Bemis was released from the Cerro Gordo County Jail on Monday night and is scheduled to make his initial appearance in court on February 26th. Invasion of privacy is an aggravated misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years imprisonment.



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