SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio-- It was just after 3:30 on the afternoon of Friday, August 26, when the exclusive grounds of Hathaway Brown School were violated by someone pretending to be a welcome guest.
According to Shaker Heights police, David Turner, 49, of Cleveland boldly entered the school on a visitor pass he later admitted to stealing.
Witnesses told investigators they saw him "looking up the skirts of students and parents.” There was also surveillance video corroborating what eyewitnesses told police.
Police said Turner admitted to the crimes and was charged with burglary and voyeurism.
Shaker Heights police aren't talking about what happened at the school for girls ages K-12, saying their investigation of Turner isn't over yet.
Hathaway Brown's Head of School, Fran Bissell, told FOX 8:
“At Hathaway Brown, the safety and security of our students and community members is our primary concern. As we communicated to our school families the day after the incident occurred, on Friday, August 26, at dismissal time, a few school officials and parents noted the presence of a male visitor outside the Primary School building who appeared out of place. At least one school official approached the man to inquire about the nature of his visit, and he left the area. The school official decided to monitor the man’s movements and noted that he was able to gain entrance to the Middle School building on campus as students were exiting an exterior door. Moments later, the man was escorted out of the building by school officials and the Shaker Heights Police Department was called. We are grateful for the intervention of the SHPD, who were able to detain the suspect within minutes of our call.
This incident reminds all of us the importance of vigilance and adhering to safety protocol. We have communicated the particulars of our policies and procedures to our faculty and staff and we will continue to refine and enhance our approach with the input of parents and students as well.
We are grateful for the quick intervention of the SHPD in this incident and we are confident that the matter will be effectively resolved in the court system.”