Former Clear Lake custodian accused of placing camera in staff bathroom to plead guilty

CLEAR LAKE — A former Clear Lake elementary school custodian accused of placing a hidden video camera inside a staff bathroom now intends to plead guilty.

46-year-old David Bemis of Mason City is accused of placing the camera inside the staff bathroom at Clear Creek Elementary School in May 2013 and capturing 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. No students were filmed with the camera.

Investigators also recovered a USB storage device and laptop owned by Bemis that allegedly 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, with Bemis resigning in January.

He was charged in mid-February with four counts of invasion of privacy. Bemis had filed a motion last month seeking to have the case dismissed, stating that the statute of limitations required prosecutors to file an indictment within three years of a crime. That motion was withdrawn earlier this month.

Online court records show Bemis’ attorney on Monday filed a motion to cancel a pre-trial conference scheduled for next week and to set a date for the filing of a written guilty plea. Judge Adam Sauer approved that motion on Monday, setting a plea hearing for June 12th in Cerro Gordo County District Court.

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