Lakeville Middle School Principal Arrested, Scheduled to Appear in Court Thursday

Chris Endicott Photo: Dakota County
Chris Endicott

February 07, 2018 10:09 PM

A Lakeville middle school principal who was on leave during a law enforcement investigation was arrested Tuesday, according to Dakota County jail records.

Chris Endicott was booked in the Dakota County Jail, on suspicion of harassment, the records show. Jail records state he was arrested by Apple Valley police.

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Charges are still pending, but Endicott is expected to appear in court Thursday.

Endicott was being investigated by the Apple Valley police due to alleged unauthorized computer access at an Apple Valley middle school, where his wife works. It was unclear if Endicott's arrest was related to the investigation.

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According to police, Apple Valley officers received a report of suspicious activity at Scott Highlands Middle School in Apple Valley on Jan. 5.

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.

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.

Police said 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.

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