CPS hiring review follows arrest of teacher with previous record

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools is reviewing hiring practices after a former teacher with convictions for peeping and prowling was accused of hiding a camera in a school bathroom.

Cook County prosecutors said Tuesday they learned of 41-year-old Elliott Nott's criminal background after he was charged last week with unauthorized videotaping and child pornography.

CPS spokesman Michael Passman says CPS is performing the review to make sure proper hiring protocols are being followed.

The Chicago Tribune reports court records from New Hampshire and Illinois show Nott was convicted of a prowling charge while he was a college track coach and window peeping case in southern Illinois.

Defense attorney Mark Basile says Nott's arrest record was "not relevant" to the current case.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com

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