Aug 172010
 

John P. Martin reports:

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday closed their investigation into Lower Merion School District’s secret use of software to track student laptops, saying they found no evidence that anyone intentionally committed a crime.

The decision, announced by U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger, ended a six-month probe by the FBI into allegations that district employees might have spied on students through webcams on their school-issued laptops.

In a brief statement released by his office, Memeger didn’t disclose details of the investigation, but said agents and prosecutors concluded that charges were unwarranted.

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I’d really like to know their reasoning in deciding not to file any charges. On some level, though, a prosecution is somewhat superfluous at this point as most schools have probably gotten the message that you can’t do what Lower Merion did. Prosecuting individual administrators or employees as criminals seems somewhat of overkill.

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