No criminal charges in South Bend Fire Department hidden camera case

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(Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC)

Charges will not be filed in South Bend Fire Department hidden camera case.

The recording device that was discovered in a locker room used by female firefighters last summer.

Indiana State Police conducted an investigation, then forwarded their findings to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office.

Now, Prosecutor Ken Cotter says there are strong indications that somebody tried to commit the crime of voyeurism, the investigation was unable to identify who placed the recording device or whether any recordings were actually made. With that, no charges can be filed.

Below is the news release sent to 95.3 MNC from the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office:

Late last year, the Indiana State Police forwarded an investigation of a camera that was found in a women’s locker room at a South Bend Fire Department Station to the St. Joseph County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review.

The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office then met with the female firefighters and reviewed that investigation with them. Based on further information gained from those firefighters, further investigation was conducted. That investigation has concluded.

After thoroughly reviewing the Indiana State Police investigation, information gained from the female firefighters and further investigation, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office has determined that no charges can be filed.

“There are strong indications that someone may have attempted to commit the crime of voyeurism. However, the investigation was unable to identify who had placed that recording device in the women’s locker room and uncover whether any recordings were actually made,” said Prosecuting Attorney Ken Cotter. “While we are unable to file any criminal charges, I applaud the courage of the female firefighters who stepped forward and the investigators who worked hard on this case.”

The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office withheld this Press Release until the female firefighters were advised of these determinations. The Legal Department of South Bend has also been advised.

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