Collier County teacher accused of placing a camera in an elementary school bathroom

IMMOKALEE School is supposed to be a safe place for children. But, one teacher


IMMOKALEE

School is supposed to be a safe place for children. But, one teacher is accused of committing crimes against them.

A Collier County elementary school teacher has been charged with a felony after deputies determined that he placed a video camera inside a restroom. This happened at Pinecrest Elementary School in Immokalee.

Diego Alberto Rojas-Pulido faces one count of video voyeurism, which is a second-degree felony. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office says three students discovered what appeared to be a video recording device in a bathroom stall.

Rojas-Pulido was booked into Lee County Jail on Saturday on a Collier County warrant after being released from the hospital.

That restroom was across the hall from the classroom where Rojas-Pulido was teaching on Tuesday. First, those students reported it to Rojas-Pulido who then ran to the bathroom to remove the camera. However, he didn’t report it to the school’s administration.

Then, on Wednesday, one of those same students told a school counselor. That counselor reported it to the school’s principal and the sheriff’s office. Collier deputies immediately removed Rojas-Pulido from the school.

On Thursday evening, deputies were called to Rojas-Pulido’s residence home in Naples after he attempted to take his own life. He was then transported to a Lee County hospital. And, CCSO served Rojas-Pulido an arrest warrant on Friday in the hospital.

David Thomas is a former police officer and a professor at FGCU. “When he goes to jail, he will be put in under observation, to make sure that he can’t commit suicide, usually what happens is they put somebody they put him in a cell by themselves, and they watch him somebody checks on him every 15 minutes or every half hour until it’s determined that he’s no longer a threat to himself,” Thomas said.

“My belief is, is that there, they will probably get a search warrant for his house and his computer,” said Thomas.

As the investigation continues, Collier County Public Schools sent WINK News a statement:

We have been informed of an arrest by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) of a District employee, Diego Rojas. Upon learning of the allegations, CCPS immediately removed Diego Rojas from the school and terminated his employment with the District. The matter is currently under criminal investigation and the District is cooperating with CCSO.”

Parents who have children at Pinecrest have taken to Facebook to talk about the arrest. One parent said they received a phone call on Friday from the school even though it happened on Wednesday. Another parent expressed their concerns about their child’s reaction to the incident.


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