School janitor charged with unlawful surveillance

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A janitor at Voorheesville Elementary was arrested after a cellphone was discovered recording video in a staff bathroom at the school on April 9. Officials say that no children are believed to have been recorded. 

VOORHEESVILLE — After an investigation into a cellphone that was discovered recording video in a staff bathroom at Voorheesville Elementary School on April 9, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office arrested janitor David Ague for unlawful surveillance, according to an April 10 district-wide letter from Voorheesville Superintendent Frank Macri. 

It was the only recording device discovered in a search by both the sheriff’s office and school administrators, and no children are believed to have been recorded, Macri wrote. 

On Facebook, Sheriff Craig Apple wrote that “several electronic devices were seized from the subject’s residence.” 

Macri said that Ague was charged with six counts of unlawful surveillance, and will not be allowed on the premises as the investigation moves forward. 

“We are all extremely distressed by this allegation,” Macri wrote. “The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. The district will continue to work with the Albany County Sheriff’s Department as they continue their investigation.”

Ague could not be reached, and the sheriff’s office did not respond to a request for more information.

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