Recording devices found in hotel rooms where Sioux Falls students recently stayed

Published: Dec. 12, 2019 at 10:36 AM CST
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Police are investigating after recording devices were found in guest rooms at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Minneapolis.

Sioux Falls School District confirmed to KSFY News that a group of students stayed at the hotel last weekend for a conference but don't have any indication that students were impacted.

A release from the district stated:

"We are aware of the news coming out of Minneapolis. We did have a group of Sioux Falls high school students who stayed at the Hyatt Regency Hotel last weekend for a conference. We don’t have any indication that our students were impacted by this news. We’ve reached out to the hotel for more information, but since this is an active police investigation, they indicated more information would have to come from Minneapolis police. We will continue to follow this news and keep parents posted if, or when, we learn more. It is unnerving that with all of the safeguards we put in place to protect students from danger during school and school activities, there are still people in this world who do things to dismantle trust." Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder says it's not immediately known if the devices recorded any guests, but police are still gathering data. When asked how many rooms were involved he said “not many.” Elder says it doesn't appear that anyone associated with the hotel was involved. The Hyatt Hotel released the following statement: "The safety and security of guests and colleagues is a top priority at Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. As soon as we learned about this situation, we contacted local authorities immediately and conducted a thorough property-wide search for unauthorized recording devices; no additional devices have been found. Per local authorities at this time, it does not appear that anyone associated with the hotel was involved. The hotel continues to fully cooperate with Minneapolis Police Department on their investigation, and further questions may be directed to MPD." (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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