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UPDATE: Former Green Bay Southwest counselor indicted in federal court

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FRIDAY 2/21/2020 6:00 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The former Green Bay Southwest counselor accused of recording people in a staff bathroom with a hidden camera has pleaded not guilty to eight counts in federal court.

Court records show 54-year-old Todd Naze appeared in court Thursday afternoon.

Naze also faces 14 counts of Capture an Intimate Representation, one count of Capture an Intimate Representation (Victim < 18-years-old), and Threats to Injure/Accuse of Crime in Brown County Court.

According to court documents, Naze is scheduled to appear in federal court again in April and in Brown County Court in March.

Former Green Bay Southwest counselor charged in federal court

FRIDAY 2/10/2020 3:00 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The former Green Bay Southwest High School counselor accused of recording people in a staff bathroom with a hidden camera has been charged in federal court.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Wisconsin, 54-year-old Todd Naze was charged with six counts of production of child pornography Friday morning. If convicted, Naze faces a mandatory minimum term of 15 years and up to 30 years in prison, $250,000 fine, and five years to life of supervised release.

Thousands of movie and image files containing images of more than 30 females have reportedly been found in Naze’s computers and storage devices. Seventeen of those victims have been identified as either current or former students.

Naze is scheduled to appear in court again later this month.

Former Green Bay Southwest counselor ordered to stand trial after allegedly recording people in bathroom

MONDAY 2/3/2020 11:30 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – A former Green Bay Southwest High School counselor has been ordered to stand trial after allegedly recording people in a staff bathroom with a hidden camera.

Court officials say 54-year-old Todd Naze waived his preliminary hearing in Brown County court Monday morning.

Naze is facing 14 counts of Capture an Intimate Representation, one count of Capture an Intimate Representation (Victim < 18-years-old), and Threats to Injure/Accuse of Crime.

He is scheduled to be in court again on February 17.

Current Green Bay Southwest students believed to be among victims of counselor’s bathroom recordings

WEDNESDAY 1/29/20 9:07 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Current Green Bay Southwest High School students may be among the victims videotaped in a staff bathroom by former school counselor Todd Naze, according to a letter from the school district sent to staff and families Wednesday.

“As previously shared, due to the volume of evidence collected, we anticipate that the investigation will continue for an extended period of time. To protect both the privacy of the victims and the integrity of the investigation, no specific information about identified victims has been released by the Green Bay Police Department to the District. To be clear, District staff do not know the identities of the victims.”

Those who believe they may be a victim and have not been contacted by police are asked to fill out this form. Officials say police will reach out to those who do fill out the form.

“While we do not know who the victims are, we do want to make sure that we are supporting everyone during this difficult time,” according to the letter.

Naze is facing 14 counts of Capture an Intimate Representation, one count of Capture an Intimate Representation (Victim < 18-years-old), and Threats to Injure/Accuse of Crime.

He is scheduled to appear in court on February 3 for a preliminary hearing.

Wife of Green Bay Southwest counselor turned him in, 15 victims identified in bathroom recordings

TUESDAY 1/14/20 8:52 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) — The wife of Todd Naze, the Green Bay Southwest High School counselor charged with recording his colleagues in a bathroom, reportedly turned him in, according to the criminal complaint.

The document says Naze’s wife approached a Brown County Sheriff’s deputy stating “she needed to report images that she found on her husband’s hard drive.” Those images, according to Naze’s wife, were of women using the bathroom at Green Bay Southwest.

Naze’s wife reportedly found pictures and videos on a hard drive “about a year ago” and confronted Naze about them. When confronted, Naze reportedly admitted to taking the images “because he did not like the people at work.”

He allegedly then agreed to see a psychiatrist, but then “began to blame [his wife] for having the pictures as if she were not ‘good enough.'”

On the day that Naze’s wife notified authorities, she and Naze reportedly had an argument. She told Naze she would turn him in, according to the criminal complaint. Naze then threatened his wife, saying “‘I hate you, and you know what happens to people I hate.'”

Naze then reportedly threatened to harm his wife’s children who lived with them.

Officers say that when they interviewed Naze, he admitted to setting up an iPod in the women’s bathroom closest to his desk in order to “film people using the toilet.” Naze explained that he “affixed the iPod to the inside of the drawer with the camera on the iPod facing out in order to film the toilet.”

Naze reportedly filmed the bathroom sporadically from August 2016 until about April or May 2018 when his wife found and confronted him about the videos and images.

The criminal complaint states that Naze “took the videos in an attempt to take back control of his life and feel like he had power in the office because the way he felt he was treated after his divorce.”

Naze told officials he believed he recorded about “30 or more females.”

The criminal complaint states “there are 233 images of female victims…that appear to be still shots of them from within the videos” being investigated.

Authorities report identifying 15 victims, including one woman who was 17-years-old at the time of the recording.

Naze now faces 14 charges of Capture an Intimate Representation, one charge of Capture an Intimate Representation – Victim < 18-years-old, and one count of Threats to Injure/Accuse of Crime.

A future court date has not been determined.

Green Bay Southwest counselor facing 16 charges after alleging recording staff in bathroom

MONDAY 1/13/20 2:08 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) — The Green Bay Southwest High School counselor accused of recording staff members with hidden surveillance equipment in a staff bathroom now faces 16 charges in Brown County Court.

Court documents show 54-year-old Todd Naze faces 14 charges of Capture an Intimate Representation, one charge of Capture an Intimate Representation – Victim Under 18-years-old, and one count of Threats to Injure/Accuse of Crime.

Naze makes his initial appearance Monday afternoon. Local 5 will provide updates as they become available.

Green Bay school employee accused of placing recording device in women’s bathroom, probable cause determined

THURSDAY 1/2/20 3:00 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Following a 2:30 hearing on January 2, it was determined there is enough probable cause to hold Todd Naze in the Brown County Jail while a case is made against him.

Naze is being held on a $50,000 cash bond and is not allowed contact with Green Bay Southwest High School, its staff members, its students, his wife, her three children, and his two ex-wives.

Prosecutors say Naze placed the recording device in the women’s bathroom, which his office was reportedly near.

Naze has not yet been formally charged.

Green Bay school district responds to arrest of school counselor

THURSDAY 1/2/19 2:15 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) — The Green Bay Area Public School District has released more information regarding the arrest of Todd Naze, a Green Bay Southwest employee.

The school district says it “has learned that through the Green Bay Police Department’s preliminary investigation, which began New Year’s Eve, Mr. Naze may have video recorded staff members with hidden surveillance equipment in a staff bathroom. As a precautionary measure, all Southwest bathrooms have been searched and no surveillance equipment was located in any of the bathrooms in the building.”

Video evidence was reportedly discovered, which law enforcement is reviewing.

“As individual victims are identified, the police department will be reaching out to the individuals and they will be provided resources from law enforcement. The District will provide continued support to staff and students, by having Employee Resource Center staff and additional student services staff available at school. Again, the District asks that if anyone has any additional information that could assist with the police investigation, that they contact the Green Bay Police Department directly.”

Naze, a school counselor, is scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon. He has been placed on nonpaid administrative leave by the school district.

Court records show Naze is facing charges of Disorderly Conduct, Intimidate Witness, Invade Privacy – Use Surveillance Device, and Capture an Image of Nudity.

ORIGINAL STORY: Green Bay Police investigating allegations of inappropriate conduct by a school counselor

WEDNESDAY 1/1/19 8:57 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Green Bay Police are investigating allegations of inappropriate conduct by a Green Bay Southwest employee.

According to the Green Bay School District, on the evening of December 31, 2019, the school district was informed about potential inappropriate conduct.

In response to the information, the district says they will be placing Southwest school counselor Todd Naze on nonpaid administrative leave beginning January 1, 2020.

As this is an active police investigation, the district is unable to share any additional information at this time. 

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