Custodian arrested in Northampton High bathroom incident

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Published: 3/31/2018 10:42:31 AM

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton High School custodian was arrested Friday on four counts of photographing an unsuspecting nude person after the school discovered unusual modifications in a first-floor girls’ bathroom on Thursday.

Police Chief Jody Kasper reported that Michael J. Kremensky, 22 of Florence, was arrested around 10:30 p.m. Friday. Kremensky had been placed on paid administrative leave earlier in the week, soon after the investigation began, according to the release.

Schools Superintendent John A. Provost announced Thursday that police had been called to investigate a report of suspicious structural modifications involving several holes in the ceiling of a first floor girls’ bathroom.

School resource officer Josh Wallace, Sgt. Corey Robinson and Detective Luann Caputo worked on the case and identified the suspect as Kremensky, police said. He had been working as a custodian at Northampton High School since August.

Police said other bathrooms, locker rooms and changing areas were inspected and school officials and police found no other modifications. It is believed that the activity was limited to one bathroom, according to the release.

“There is absolutely no evidence of any connection with any other school in the district, but we are having all bathrooms, locker rooms and changing spaces inspected out of an abundance of caution,” Provost said Friday. “We feel it is important to communicate with our families and we will continue to communicate any time any new information is available.”

Northampton police said no further information was available Sunday.

“We recognize that there may be questions or concerns about this case. Because the investigation is still ongoing, we are not able to make further comment,” stated Kasper’s release. “Our officers are working diligently to bring this case to its completion.”

M.J. Tidwell can be reached at mjtidwell@gazettenet.com.


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