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Megan Bernard, Editor
3:32 pm CST January 30, 2020

While the police investigation into a cellphone found recording in a staff-designated bathroom at a Northfield school is underway, details have emerged claiming the suspect may have also recorded children in other areas of the school.

In a letter to the school community on Thursday, Jan. 30, Superintendent Ed Stange addressed recent public comments regarding the new information, but did not have further comments to provide to The Winnetka Current.

“We are aware through public comments that cellphone footage illicitly obtained by a now-terminated contracted night custodian may not have been limited to a staff bathroom at Sunset Ridge School,” Stange says in the letter. “However, the district has not, to date, received information from the Northfield Police Department about who was recorded, the location(s) of the recordings, or how long the recordings may have been taking place.” 

The custodian, David Garcia-Espinal, 40, of Highwood, was issued a felony arrest warrant, but police have not been able to locate him. 

According to Stange, Garcia-Espinal was an employee of two separate private vendors that provide services for the school district. 

“He was a cook in the Sunset Ridge School cafeteria through Organic Life, and was also employed as a custodian for Sunset Ridge School through Smith Maintenance Company,” Stange said. 

A staff member discovered the initial video recording device at 4 p.m. Jan. 14 that Garcia-Espinal allegedly set up recording through a small hole in a trash can.

“After the discovery of the recording device was announced, students directly, and sometimes through their parents, began to inform District officials that they had used the staff-designated restroom in question,” Stange says in a public Questions and Answers document. “Parents of any student who disclosed this information were contacted by the district. We directed anyone with information relative to the investigation to contact the Northfield Police Department.”

Last week, The Current reported Garcia-Espinal was previously charged in 2012 with fondling himself in a female bathroom at a Glenview movie theater, according to official documents.

Northfield police have declined to comment as this is an active investigation.