Police Release Details Into Investigation That Has Led to Principal Being Placed on Leave

Chris Endicott Photo: Lakeville Area Public Schools
Chris Endicott

January 18, 2018 04:53 PM

The Apple Valley Police Department has released details of an investigation into alleged unauthorized computer access that has led to the principal at Century Middle School in Lakeville being placed on administrative leave.

Chris Endicott, who lives in Apple Valley, has not been arrested or charged with a crime.

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According to a release Thursday, Apple Valley police received a report of suspicious activity at Scott Highlands Middle School in Apple Valley on Jan. 5. That is the school at which Endicott's wife Andrea works.

She has also been placed on leave from her job as a full-time counselor, the Apple Valley school district confirmed.

An employee there is alleged to have reported several instances of suspicious activity with her district-issued iPad and her cell phone, which is connected to the district server. Over the course of several days, that employee is alleged to have reported unauthorized factory resets being performed on both devices.

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The employee reportedly notified the district information technology department to assist with the issue. The release states those IT employees determined the resets had been performed remotely. The employee also allegedly learned that private documents she created and saved on her secure drive had been transferred to a shared drive within the district.

The release goes on to say that staff looking into the issue allegedly learned their computer systems had been accessed by someone outside the district network for the past 18 months. Search warrants served reportedly showed the intrusions were coming from two IP (internet protocol) addresses. 

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Those addresses, police allege, were tracked to a residence in Apple Valley owned by Endicott and his wife, as well as one belonging to the Lakeville school district.

Search warrants were executed to seize devices and other evidence. The release said Apple Valley police and the Dakota County Electronic Crimes Unit continue to investigate the matter.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the superintendent of Lakeville Area Public Schools said Century Middle School Dean Jason Bakke will take over as interim principal as police continue their investigation.

In a statement, Superintendent Michael Baumann said he has met with Apple Valley police about the allegation, but that he does not have "all of the details concerning the complaint."

Baumann said Century students are "in no way compromised or at risk."

 

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