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In news today…

Thursday afternoon, Cleveland Police provided two updates regarding the Cleveland Middle School teacher and coach, Christopher Schroll, who admitted to hiding a camera in the girls’ locker room at CMS. 

Schroll’s admission was uncovered Thursday by Mix 104.1 and MixTV.tv through an open records request for his arrest affidavit. The affidavit states Schroll told police he hid the camera that he bought on Amazon in the girls’ locker room because he heard females complain of bullying and harassment. When police asked principal Nat Akiona and assistant principal Scott Carroll if the teacher had come to them about bullying or harassment complaints, they said he had not. Schroll also told police he would take the images from the locker room camera to his personal computer at his home and review them to see if he could find evidence of the supposed claims. 

During the investigation, detectives were able to determine that the Cleveland Middle School covert video recording was conducted over a 2-day period, thus constituting a 2nd charge/count of Attempted Aggravated Unlawful Photography of a minor. Therefore, Christopher Schroll was arrested again on Thursday, and was returned to the Bradley County Justice Center with no bond. 

And also Thursday 

Cleveland Middle School female personnel met with CPD investigators to review still photos of approximately 30 Cleveland Middle School female students who were captured on the covert camera placed in the girls’ locker room at CMS. All 30 female students were identified by CMS female personnel. Cleveland Police communicated with Cleveland City Schools personnel to confirm that the school administration will be making the notifications to the families of the female students. In the meantime, investigators conducted a search of his home and are conducting forensic exams on electronic devices that are connected to him. In addition, police are working very closely with Cleveland City School administration, along with the District Attorney’s Office, to make sure that this situation is investigated thoroughly and Schroll is held accountable for his actions. Anyone with information is requested to contact Cleveland Police Department Detective Bobby Ruth at 423-476-1121.

Mix 104-1 News later learned that Christopher Schroll posted a $100,000 bond at 5:30PM Thursday and was again released from jail.

In news today…

On March 14, 2022, a confidential source notified agents of the Tenth Judicial Drug and Violent Crime Task Force that illegal contraband was being introduced into the Bradley County Jail. Immediately, agents began investigating the information in attempts to verify the conspiracy and discover the source of the narcotics.

On March 15, 2022, agents met with jail staff to review recent phone call recordings and video footage of inside and outside activity. Upon investigation, agents were able to confirm the identity of two co-conspirators, who participated in two separate narcotics exchanges on March 10 and March 13, 2022. These individuals were identified Jason Shields and Emanuel Adames.

They also were able to confirm the participation of three incarcerated co-conspirators, who were identified as John Shields, David Taylor, and Anthony Earwood.

Upon further investigation, agents received a tip that a third exchange would take place on March 15, 2022. Due to the overwhelming evidence that had been discovered, they quickly began preparing to intervene in attempts to prevent the planned narcotics exchange.

Around 5:00 pm on March 15, 2022, the suspects arrived to the Bradley County Jail. Agents conducted a traffic stop the parking lot and identified Jason Shields as the vehicle driver, Emanuel Adames as a passenger, and a third-party female juvenile riding with them. They also located a paper envelope of two foil bindles that were to be dropped off that day, believed to be fentanyl and methamphetamine. Both males were taken into custody and the juvenile female was released to her guardian. 

As the investigation continued, Sami Finley was identified as an additional co-conspirator and supplier of the narcotics. On March 16, 2022, agents served a search warrant on Finley’s residence which revealed further narcotic evidence. She was taken into custody and transported to the Bradley County Jail.

Jason Shields was charged with Conspiracy Introduction into a Penal Institution, Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution x2, Attempted Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution, Possession of Schedule II Fentanyl for Resale, and Possession of Schedule II Methamphetamine for Resale. Emanuel Adames, John Shields, David Taylor, and Anthony Earwood were charged with Conspiracy Introduction into a Penal Institution. Shields, Taylor, and Earwood will also be facing in-house disciplinary penalties. Sami Finley was arrested on outstanding warrants, charged with Conspiracy Introduction into a Penal Institution, and has several pending indictments for the narcotics found in her residence.