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UPDATE: Cleveland Middle School Teacher Arrested After Recording Device Found in Girls Locker Room

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.

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 the 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 5:30 PM Thursday and was again released from jail.


Original Story March 16, 2022

From the Cleveland Police Department: On March 15, 2022, a Cleveland Middle School student discovered a covert electronic recording device in the girls’ locker room of Cleveland Middle School. The school administrators took immediate action in notifying the School Resource Officer, John Milen. Officer Milen initiated an investigation, promptly notifying Cleveland Police Department supervisors and the Criminal Investigations Division. Cleveland Police administration and investigators responded to the scene to work with Cleveland Middle School staff and began conducting interviews. Within 24 hours, the suspect, Cleveland Middle School teacher, Christopher Schroll, was identified and arrested.
Schroll was charged with a felony Attempted Aggravated Unlawful Photography of a minor. The investigation will continue.
We commend Cleveland Middle School staff for their immediate action in the handling of this situation, placing priority on the safety and well-being of the students. We also appreciate the partnership in working hand in hand with our agency to identify the person responsibly.
Read the statement from Cleveland Middle School below