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Phone found recording in family bathroom at Dell Rapids pool

Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 10:57 AM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Authorities are investigating after a phone was found recording in a family bathroom at the Dell Rapids city pool over the weekend.

“Kind of shocked, disappointed and really kind of scared,” said Darla Stordahl.

Her grandkids take swimming lessons there.

“You hate to hear something like that because it’s wrong in the first place, but it’s scary that in a small town like this, you know, that something like that can happen,” said Stordahl.

Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Cpt. Josh Phillips says the city pool manager found the phone on Saturday. Phillips says the phone had been recording for at least an hour and was placed intentionally.

“It wasn’t on a counter or anything like that, it was an area where it was put there for a reason,” said Cpt. Phillips.

Authorities say the camera was placed by a juvenile employee who is no longer employed. Authorities believe the phone had been placed in the bathroom at least once before Saturday’s incident.

“Feel adequate that we have found all the other materials and everything else that had been utilized in that incident or incidents. We will update the public if we find out anything else through the forensic examination,” said Cpt. Phillips.

Authorities say the bathroom is used by employees a majority of the time but that it is accessible to families visiting the pool.

That’s something Stordahl says is unnerving to think about.

“Kind of disheartening, you know, that someone, especially a younger person, number one would think to do that or want to do that or be inclined to, you know, invade other people’s privacy, especially little kids mostly,” said Stordahl.

The juvenile has not been arrested. Cpt. Phillips says charges may be filed once forensics are completed on the suspect’s phone.

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