A Davenport man who works with the before- and after-school program at Hayes Elementary School is wanted after police discovered hidden video recording devices in a girls' bathroom at the Davenport school.
Police issued a warrant Thursday for three counts of invasion of privacy against Ian Dishon D. Isabel, 29.
Invasion of privacy is a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.
As of 5:50 p.m. Thursday, Isabel was not in custody.
Davenport Police Maj. Don Schaeffer declined to say what led police to Isabel.
Isabel is the site coordinator with the Stepping Stones before- and after-school enrichment program aimed at children in kindergarten through fifth-grade.
Superintendent Art Tate said Thursday that Isabel, who has been with the district since March 2010, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending further investigation.
“We’re shocked, disappointed that somebody would do this and put us all through this kind of violation,” Tate said.
Police were called to Hayes about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday after a custodian found unauthorized video recording devices in two stalls of a girls' restroom at the school at 622 S. Concord St.
Students had been dismissed for the day when the custodian made the discovery, Tate said. The custodian contacted Hayes principal Sara Gott, who called the district's police liaison, Tate said.
Schaeffer said it appears the cameras were not in the restroom very long, but declined to say how police made that determination.
Police have been able to identify three victims so far from the video. Schaeffer said the families of those students will be contacted in person by a detective.
The investigation remains ongoing. Schaeffer said more charges, including federal ones, could be filed against Isabel.
On Thursday, all restrooms, locker rooms and schools throughout the district were searched. Nothing suspicious or out of the ordinary was found, Tate said.
Tate said calls and emails were sent to Hayes parents and each student was sent home with a letter Thursday.
Parents said they heard about the news for the first time Thursday afternoon through Facebook, friends calling and news outlets, and many arrived after school to get their children as several buses left nearly empty.
"I'm very freaked out," said Angela Renner-Arjes, who has a daughter in the school. "When I saw it on Facebook, I instantly jumped out of my chair and came down."
Renner-Arjes said she met with Gott and was told police are investigating.
"I feel they're handling the situation," Renner-Arjes said. "But my daughter won't be here tomorrow."
James Smith, who lives across the street and has a child at Hayes, called the situation "disturbing."
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"It's pretty sick," Smith said. "I never imagined it would happen here, I really didn't."
Travis Weggen was walking his daughter out of the school.
"I got a phone call from my wife, and I'm not happy," Weggen said. "I flipped out. I rushed down here to get her."
Heidi Myers of Davenport, who has a granddaughter in the school, was learning about the incident by reading the letter.
"It's very disturbing," Myers said. "This place is pretty safe. You've got to have a key number to get in. It's scary."
Several parents described the school as a fortress, with all entrances locked during and after school. At the front entrance, a person wanting to enter has to push a button and be admitted through a second set of locked doors.
Tate said he has had contact with Isabel a couple of times and that staff members have said he is “highly respected.”
In February, Isabel rewarded his Stepping Stone students for reading 400 minutes by letting them throw a pie in his face.
Isabel previously worked in the district as a paraeducator at Lincoln Elementary School for 2 1/2 years.