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Dave Olson, Published December 28 2007

Police arrest Concordia College janitor for camcorder found in Concordia College women's locker room

UPDATED 5:35 p.m.

A Concordia College janitor fired from his job today has been arrested by Moorhead police after female basketball players reported a camcorder set up in a locker room.

Steven James Sopko, 31, 306 1st Ave. SW., Dilworth, was taken into custody late this afternoon. He is being charged with seven counts of invasion of privacy, a gross misdemeanor, for a camera placed in a vent of the women's locker room.

Female basketball players reported the camera to school officials. The camera was recording at the time of the discovery.

Officers were called to Concordia’s Memorial Auditorium about 5 p.m. Thursday to investigate a video camera found in an air duct. Female athletes discovered the camera and notified Concordia’s physical plant director, who notified police.

Sopko was employed as a janitor and police questioned him Thursday. He was released pending further investigation, Moorhead Police Lt. Chris Carey said.

A video tape from the camera was recovered and never viewed by the suspect, Carey said.

There is no indication of additional suspects or other video tapes having been made, Carey said, though he added the investigation is ongoing.

Individuals appearing on the video tape have been identified and interviewed by police.

Concordia spokesman Roger Degerman said the employee was suspended Thursday night and terminated this morning. He said the incident did not affect a high school girls basketball tournament that started at Concordia Thursday. Degerman said a communication has been sent out informing the campus of the situation, but he declined to release any other specifics regarding the individual suspected of being involved.

Read Saturday's edition of The Forum for more developments in this story.

Readers can reach reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555

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