first-grade teacher pleads guilty
to eavesdropping on coworker
Wayne White | Managing Editor
LYNDON—A former Burlingame Elementary School first-grade
teacher has entered guilty pleas to charges he stalked a fellow
teacher and eavesdropped on her.
Andrew L. Crook, 37, Carbondale, was arrested Nov. 11 by the
Burlingame Police Department and charged in Osage County District
Court with one count of stalking another Burlingame Elementary
School teacher on or about the day of his arrest. Osage County
Attorney Brandon Jones later amended the complaint to include
five charges of eavesdropping and one count of computer trespass.
All the charges were misdemeanors.
In a plea agreement filed April 7 in Osage County District Court,
Crook admits he intentionally engaged in a course of conduct
targeting the other teacher, including concealing camcorders
in her Burlingame classroom and recording her while she changed
clothes on five occasions.
Jones explained last week, “[The other teacher] was a
coach, and she changed from her school clothes into coaching
clothes in her classroom, and he tried to capture her changing
with the intent to view her in a state of nudity or undress.
And he did on five separate occasions.”
Jones said the evidence included video from the secret recordings.
The computer trespass charge resulted from Crook accessing the
victim’s school computer, Jones said.
“He got onto her computer without her permission to download
pictures of her,” Jones said.
According to USD 454 Superintendent Allen Konicek, Crook submitted
his resignation on the day he was arrested. His resignation
was accepted by the USD 454 Board of Education during a meeting
All of Osage County’s charges against Crook are misdemeanors
punishable by up to one year in the county jail and a fine up
to $2,500. Jones said he planned to ask for more jail time.
A sentencing status review hearing has been set for 1:30 p.m.
July 15 in Osage County Magistrate Judge Jon Stephen Jones’
The plea agreement allows Crook to be released to face four
pending charges in Shawnee County. According to Shawnee County
District Court records, Crook is charged with felony burglary,
and misdemeanor charges of theft, stalking and eavesdropping
in that county. Brandon Jones said those charges resulted from
crimes committed against the same victim who lives in Shawnee
Crook appeared in Shawnee County District Court April 8 and
his bond was set at $500,000.