Carterville Man Charged With Photographing Teen


By WSIL Manager


UPDATED 11:00 p.m. THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014

JACKSON COUNTY -- Police say a popular band director at a local high school took inappropriate pictures of a teen.

The allegations have many people in the Carterville school district in shock. Long-time band director Todd Norrington was arrested in Carbondale on Wednesday night. The 40-year-old is charged with unauthorized video recording.

Police are confident they have the right suspect, thanks to surveillance images from the incident. Investigators say Norrington used his cell phone to take pictures up a 14 year-old-girl's shorts inside the Carbondale Goodwill Store.

The girl's parent took notice, wrote down Norrington's license plate number and called police. Chief Jody O'Guinn says detectives went to his home and got the cell phone with those inappropriate pictures on it. It's now part of their evidence.

"It makes me sick to my stomach that someone would even try to do something like that to them so I can very easily sympathize with the victim's family," said Chief O'Guinn.

Norrington voluntarily went to the Carbondale Police Department and was later arrested. He appeared in Jackson County court Thursday by video conference from jail. Norrington did not speak at all, nor did his wife who was in the courtroom. His attorney on the other hand, said the charges are false.

"We will be entering a plea of not guilty and we will defend Mt. Norrington against these allegations to the best of our abilities," Mike Wepsiec urged.

Norrington's taught in Carterville since 1997. In a statement by the district, administrators said the safety and security of students is their top priority, and that their investigation will be prompt and thorough.

Norrington will be back in court next month. He did not have any prior convictions for crimes of this sort. 



UPDATED 2:45 p.m. THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014

WSIL -- Carbondale Police have released more information about the arrest of Michael Norrington. 

On Wednesday, police were called to the 1100 block of East Main Street to investigate a report of disorderly conduct. Officers learned a man was taking unauthorized pictures of a juvenile.

The investigation led authorities to Norrington, who was arrested for unauthorized video recording and taken to the Jackson County Jail. During a court hearing Thursday, bail was set at $25,000

Norrington is the band director at Carterville High School.

In a statement issued Thursday, Carterville Unit 5 superintendent Bob Prusator said the district is "concerned" by the charge and will conduct its own investigation.

The statement continues, "The safety and security of our students is the foremost priority of the District. The administration and Board of Education will take appropriate steps to investigate, and will take any and all necessary action to protect the welfare and security of District students."

"The District's personnel investigation into the serious allegations will be prompt and thorough. In accordance with normal procedures, the District's investigation will proceed as a confidential personnel matter. The District will not be able to provide more information about a confidential investigatory matter at this time, and cannot comment on a pending investigation until it has been concluded and any final action is taken. We will provide further information as appropriate."



WSIL -- A Carterville man has been charged with illegally videotaping a teen.

Michael Todd Norrington, 40, is charged in Jackson County with unauthorized video recording, a class 3 felony. Jackson County State's Attorney Mike Carr says Norrington is accused of taking several photographs "under or through the clothing" of a 14-year-old child.

Norrington was arrested Wednesday in Carbondale and is expected to make a court appearance Thursday afternoon.

Norrington is the band director at Carterville High School.  

Carbondale Police continue to investigate.

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