Video cameras found in Davenport school bathroom

2014-04-03T16:00:00Z 2014-04-18T14:57:29Z Video cameras found in Davenport school bathroomTara Becker and Brian Wellner newsroom@qctimes.com The Quad-City Times

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."

"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.

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  1. myopinion12345
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    myopinion12345 - April 06, 2014 9:45 am
    I think it is VERY important to remember that there is a girlfriend,mother and sisters that are hurting as much as our community..PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let the police and courts handle this and let them find the answers they also need. They are in immense hurt and also need answers. To those that want revenge ..do two wrongs make a right??
  2. ShadowChaser
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    ShadowChaser - April 04, 2014 7:07 pm
    I just cannot believe that this man would ever do anything to hurt or jeopardize a child! After working with him for those 2 1/2 years, I witnessed him doing everything and anything to help all of the kids he came in contact with becoming successful in school. He is a very kind and generous person who deserves SOMEONE who still believes in him. I do believe there are 2 sides to every story and right now we're only hearing/reading one. It is an assumption at the moment that he is "running" instead of getting his affairs in order.

    My prayers go out to those children who have fallen victim to this despicable crime. Don't get me wrong....There is no excuse for what has occurred!

    Dichon, find it in your heart to believe in the system and to do the right thing, as difficult as the road ahead may seem.
  3. Beak
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    Beak - April 04, 2014 4:39 pm
    If he was innocent, he would have turned himself in and fought to clear his name. The fact that he has decided to run away tells me everything I need to know.
  4. ldb2010
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    ldb2010 - April 04, 2014 4:21 pm
    That may be, but he still would have been required to have a background check. I worked for the program at one point in time and was required to have a background check conducted.
  5. tldague
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    tldague - April 04, 2014 1:55 pm
    I'm very upset about the whole thing but the only thing we can do as parents is be there for our children and make sure we talk to them about these things I wasn't going to send my son but I knew they found out who it was and I'm sure there eyes are open now to this so I allowed him to go. I know they didn't find the cameras in the boys bathroom but this affects all of our children. I pray they get him off the streets fast o he doesn't do this to no more children. but I do believe that he should be charged with more then that.
  6. luvco
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    luvco - April 04, 2014 12:11 pm
    Thank you custodian!!!! The articles comments about how parents found out sounds like they're swaying towards the school was negligent in making sure parents knew what happened. The school followed the district's procedure. Great job Mrs. Gott!!! We miss you at Madison!
  7. RIC
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    RIC - April 04, 2014 11:36 am
    WHOA people!!!! TIME OUT!!! Let the investigation continue. Understand that this is not the first time someone has deceived. Unfortunately it happens everyday. We are not immune to wrong doing. Sensitive information concerning the investigation that can harm the investigation cannot be released...common sense. The police and schools have done everything "by the book" and are building their case and, more importantly, getting the pertinent information out so that this SUSPECT can be apprehended and taken off of the street. Hold you damning comments until all is played out. Well done DPD and DCSD.
  8. ldb2010
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    ldb2010 - April 04, 2014 11:33 am
    Perhaps HE is on the video?? Sounds logical to me. Who would be out of place in a little girl's bathroom?? Hmmm?? Maybe him? You know...because it would be completely normal that a "black" guy would/could be found in a little girl's bathroom....possibly on camera...right? You know, because he would be the best one to pick on because after all he is.....well...black....right?? If he loved his job and was as dedicated as you say he was....oh...and such a great guy....where is he??? Why is he not stepping up to clear his name??? Must have nothing to do with running scared because he did something wrong....it MUST have everything to do with being black and being picked on. Whatever. It is idiots like you who keep this vicious victim-like mentality going.
  9. 2sides2everystory
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    2sides2everystory - April 04, 2014 11:19 am
    Whoa! I haven't reported any comment. Ever. Yours included.
  10. Shef
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    Shef - April 04, 2014 10:54 am
    Really?!? So you believe that in this day and age the police looked at the roster of employees and said to themselves "It must be the black guy!".
    That is ridiculous. People like you are what is wrong with this country. Liberals always playing the race card.
  11. Shef
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    Shef - April 04, 2014 10:50 am
    So you comment in a patronizing tone being a jerk, then when I reply you report my comments to have them deleted. Did I offend you? Don't throw jabs if you are incapable of receiving them back. You clearly are a passive aggressive liberal. Always ready to criticize someone else, but never offer anything intelligent yourself. If you don't like the things I say then don't read them. My screen name is clearly at the top of every one of my posts, simply skip over them. This is America, you have the choice to not read my stuff just like I have the right to my opinion. That is of course unless you ask a liberal such as yourself, your kind believe everyone is entitled to their opinion as long as it is the same as yours and doesn't scratch your paper thin skin.
  12. concerned with truth
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    concerned with truth - April 04, 2014 10:01 am
    City of Davenport works with the school district to hire stepping stones employees and employees are in fact paid by the city. Rigorous and multiple background checks are done for every employee before ever stepping foot into any school in Davenport. he just hasn't been caught with anything in the past to show up on a criminal background check. people can be sneaky.
    school district is handling it the best they can in my opinion.
    not a race thing. it is a pervert thing.
    and he isn't new. he has been in the district for a great deal of time.
    get your facts straight.
  13. 2sides2everystory
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    2sides2everystory - April 04, 2014 9:35 am
    And on that note, from previous discussion, the costs of the death penalty are higher than that of life in prison. I have posted links for you on the previous article but it's unnecessary, really, if you spend 5 minutes searching you will see its true.
  14. 2sides2everystory
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    2sides2everystory - April 04, 2014 9:19 am
    This may come as a shock to you Shef, but the police need evidence to issue an arrest warrant. Its shocking huh? If you re read my post, the execution of the search warrant is what led them --->to enough evidence---->to issue an arrest warrant. Let's let the police do the detective work, Columbo.
  15. 1of3
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    1of3 - April 04, 2014 9:12 am
    I believe that the city of Davenport hires staff for the stepping stones program and not the school district. I have noticed job postings on the city website for stepping stones staff.
  16. 2sides2everystory
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    2sides2everystory - April 04, 2014 9:00 am
    l really hope the parents in our community are reacting rationally. Children's' responses are often a direct replica of their parents. We should try to use this as an example. An example that these type of people are out there and they don't wear signs on their forehead. A reminder to always keep our eyes and ears open. As terrible as this is, no one was directly injured. The trauma here is just "knowing" what took place. I made light of it to my children. "Who'd want to watch people go pee pee and pooh pooh anyway?" And I followed up with a reminder "there are weirdos everywhere..... "
  17. ErnestTBass
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    ErnestTBass - April 04, 2014 8:40 am
    Is this guy in the union? If he is I would like to know their position on this matter.
  18. 2sides2everystory
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    2sides2everystory - April 04, 2014 8:23 am
    Are you suggesting the school district doesn't do background checks? Or .... that all offenders have a previous record? Or both? The truth is the district DOES do background checks AND pervs with clean records exist and offend every day.
  19. 2sides2everystory
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    2sides2everystory - April 04, 2014 8:15 am
    Gezzz Shef. The world would be such a better place if you ran it. Its too bad though you are so uninformed. DPD did quietly execute a search warrant (so quietly in fact people like you didn't even know about it) which lead to the arrest warrant. But at that point he had fled. Great suggestion Captain Obvious.
  20. AMRenner
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    AMRenner - April 04, 2014 6:59 am
    I chose to keep my daughter home because they haven't found the guy yet. She is safer with me than anywhere else. After discussing the situation with her when we got home from picking her up, and then seeing the picture, she realized it was someone that she knew and trusted. She started having a hard time dealing with this.
    The school is handling the situation, but there is more at stake than an investigation. These are young children who are going to have psychological backlash from this even if they were not a student on the tape. How many little girls at that school are now going to wonder if someone is secretly watching them use the restroom?
    Don't judge me for keeping my daughter home because I feel that it was the best choice for her, judge the sicko who thought this was a great idea.
  21. surewhynot
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    surewhynot - April 04, 2014 3:30 am
    So you think that they should revel there findings to the public in a newspaper article? Why would they jeopardize their case? It's absurd that you would assume that they didn't have solid evidence and just decided to blame it on the "newer employee and because he is black ". The "newer employee " that started back in 2010. Just because you are in denial and maybe misjudged this guy you play the old "Race card?" WOW!
  22. JohnsonL
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    JohnsonL - April 04, 2014 12:12 am
    It is a very sick discovery, but where is the evidence that it was him? Fingerprints, DNA, anything? I haven't heard anything of that sort. Why are they holding him accountable if there isn't proof of him doing it? He loved his job, also was working at the Boys & Girls club. He was not a bad person. They hold him because he was a newer employee and because he is black that is what I think.
  23. ridgeview
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    ridgeview - April 03, 2014 10:37 pm
    If it does, you're the first to make it so.
  24. ridgeview
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    ridgeview - April 03, 2014 10:36 pm
    They do background checks. He probably has never been caught before.
  25. Klaatu
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    Klaatu - April 03, 2014 8:33 pm
    It wouldn't make much difference. If he gets state level charges he won't get substantial jail time no matter what. It would take Federal charges to put him away for very long. The charges they have at this point are misdemeanors.
  26. ldb2010
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    ldb2010 - April 03, 2014 8:14 pm
    Not Tate's fault. This guy had to have passed a background check and apparently was a smooth talker during an interview. School staff and parents have said he was highly regarded. He was a sneaky jerk. Sometimes the most quiet people are the most dangerous.
  27. ldb2010
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    ldb2010 - April 03, 2014 8:10 pm
    It doesn't much matter which way this situation was handled. If the school kept it quiet until he was caught then the school and police would have been viewed as negligent for not notifying parents. And because they chose to handle it the way they did, they didn't handle it right. Cannot make everyone happy. And unfortunately with social media, one person mentions the breaking news and it spreads like wild fire on Facebook or Twitter. Parents complain they heard about it on Facebook first and the school should have called parents personally. Well, there is no good way to handle that as well because you simply cannot contact all parents of all the hundreds of students quick enough before one of the parents post it on Facebook or on Twitter. It is a no-win situation for the school, district, or police department. Fact is that the camera was found. Fact is the school reported it immediately and the police reacted to the emergency. Fact is they have figured out who it is and there is a warrant. He will be found eventually and when he does I hope big Bubba turns him into his little b $!#*!!!!!
  28. Arc Angel
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    Arc Angel - April 03, 2014 7:23 pm
    Great hire Art Tate, now he can go to 7th D.O,C and get an 8 ball !
  29. Shef
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    Shef - April 03, 2014 7:11 pm
    Now they have given him ample warning to dispose of any media he may have had. They should have quietly executed a warrant then searched his home for the videos so they could bust him for child pornography because undoubtedly that's why he was doing it. Invasion of privacy is not a good enough charge. Way to drop the ball DPD.
  30. FredGarvin
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    FredGarvin - April 03, 2014 5:52 pm
    "I feel they're handling the situation," Renner-Arjes said. "But my daughter won't be here tomorrow."

    I sympathize with those that may have been victimized by this, but why would you keep your child home? I can't see any threat to their safety, and they have too many days off as it is.
  31. 1of3
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    1of3 - April 03, 2014 5:52 pm
    I'm thankful for the custodian who had his eyes open and immediately reported finding the cameras. I hope they find something more to charge him with than invasion of privacy, that is a slap on the wrist type of charge.
  32. Tammy1358
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    Tammy1358 - April 03, 2014 5:50 pm
    They need to do back ground checks on people. I hope he gets wants coming to him. My grand kids go to this school. Makes me sick thinking about what this world is coming to.
  33. Beak
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    Beak - April 03, 2014 5:27 pm
    I hope the Times has the integrity to either change the caption or remove the picture. It implies that students were released today as a direct response to the incident.
  34. Beak
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    Beak - April 03, 2014 5:21 pm
    1 - I hope they manage to get enough evidence to put at least one felony count on this guy.

    2 - The caption for the picture that goes with the article is incredibly misleading. It implies that students were dismissed due to the incident. Journalistic ethics should dictate that somebody change the caption.
  35. jwilson72
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    jwilson72 - April 03, 2014 4:05 pm
    So sick. I hope they find who did this quickly. Sounds like the school did a great job handling this. Sad thing is, if somebody wants to do something like this, there isn't a darn thing anyone can do but catch them and punish them hard to make an example out of them. There will be people that spin this around and start throwing out things that the school should have done differently. The fact of the matter is, there isn't anything the school could have done. If someone want to be a dumbass, they will be a dumbass. Time to bring back public torture to offenders.
  36. Klaatu
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    Klaatu - April 03, 2014 4:02 pm
    Wow. We are descending into an animalistic society. This isn't my fathers US, that's for sure.
  37. ALLSIDES
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    ALLSIDES - April 03, 2014 3:46 pm
    So sick!! Good job Hayes for finding them so quickly!
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