Former 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 that evening.

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’ courtroom.

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 County.

Crook appeared in Shawnee County District Court April 8 and his bond was set at $500,000.