Hidden camera investigation at South Bend Fire Department turned over to county prosecutor

NOW: Hidden camera investigation at South Bend Fire Department turned over to county prosecutor

The hidden camera investigation at the South Bend Fire Department is now in the hands of the St. Joseph County Prosecutor.

ABC57 was the first to report that Indiana State Police launched an investigation into SBFD after an alleged recording device was found inside the women's locker in the department’s headquarters. Last month, the prosecutors office said investigators were waiting on subpoena results from an internet service provider before moving forward.

Friday afternoon, an ISP spokesperson told ABC57 in an email, “all leads had been investigated and the case has been turned over to the St. Joseph Prosecutor’s Office.” Prosecutor Ken Cotter did not respond to ABC57’s request for details.

In June, South Bend Mayor James Mueller said in a statement, “I'm confident that Chief Buchanon and his leadership team will make the changes necessary to ensure a safe, inclusive and harassment-free workplace for our fire service. A number of measures are already underway, including improved security at our fire stations, and we will continue to stand with our women firefighters, who have our full support.”

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