SHERIFF’S OFFICE CONCLUDES SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEO INVESTIGATION
Kinderhook, NY—Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has completed the investigation into a video that contained the school logo within it and appeared on a social media site last week. On February 15th 2018 Ichabod Crane school officials reported to the sheriff’s office that a concerned community member had contacted the school to advise them of the existence of this video. The Sheriff’s Office immediately initiated an investigation into the origin and intent of the video.
The video did contain disturbing images as well as the Ichabod Crane School logo. At no point in the video was there a threat made to the school nor was the video sent to the school district. Sheriff’s investigators were able to determine through the course of the investigation that the video in question was a pre-existing video that had been altered with the disturbing images and then uploaded onto a social media site. Investigator’s contacted the Google Corporation and were able to obtain the IP address from where the video had been uploaded. Subsequently interviews were conducted and it was determined whom altered and uploaded the video. As a result of the investigation it has been determined that there is no threat to the Ichabod Crane School District nor was there a crime committed.
Throughout the investigation the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Branch worked closely with the Ichabod Crane School administrators, the New York State Police Computer Crime Unit, the social media corporation Google as well as with the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.
Sheriff Bartlett said “ Once again this an example of multiple agencies along with the Ichabod Crane school staff working together for the best interests of our community. I would also like to give a special thank you to the community member who brought the video to our attention”