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The discovery of a hidden camera believed to be set up to film a child secretly for more than a year sparked an investigation into the popular athletic director at Palm Beach Gardens High School, recently obtained police records indicate.

The child learned about the camera — it is unclear how — and turned it in to police in mid-February. About three weeks later, officers obtained a warrant to search Bill Weed's PGA National home, citing an investigation into suspected video voyeurism and possession either of images or electronic depictions of a minor engaged in sexual activity.

The report does not disclose the address at which the camera was hidden. The child's identity is redacted from the report.

Police seized photos, videos and cellphone applications from Weed's home. As of Wednesday, Weed — who worked as a teacher, cross-country coach and the high school's athletic director since 2006 — had not been arrested or charged in the investigation. However, he has been removed from the school's campus amid the investigation, officials confirmed.

Police logs from the mid-February meeting mention a student. However, it was not clear whether that reference was to the victim or whether that student attended Gardens High. School district officials declined to comment Wednesday.

Multiple attempts to reach Weed for comment have been unsuccessful.

A coach told The Post last week that Weed vanished from campus in late February. "This is pretty shocking to me," said the coach, who asked not to be named.

Principal Larry Clawson confirmed last week that Weed had been removed from the school but declined to comment further. He made a prerecorded telephone call to parents Friday morning, saying that an unidentified staff member was involved in an off-campus situation and a law-enforcement investigation was taking place.

Clawson stressed to parents that the person was no longer at Palm Beach Gardens High or any other county school.

 

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