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Naperville police were called to Neuqua Valley High School Friday afternoon after a Mount Carmel fan was seen illegally taping Neuqua’s football practice before the teams’ big playoff game Saturday night.
According to Naperville Police Cmdr. Mike Anders, a police officer went out to Neuqua at 4 p.m. Friday when one of the coaches spotted the man in the bleachers using a video camera and taking notes during football practice. Police were called because the man was trespassing on school grounds, Anders said.
It is also a violation of IHSA rules to videotape an opponent’s practice sessions.
When asked by the police officer the man, 56, of North Aurora, said he was “scouting” on his own and not at the behest of Mt. Carmel. He said he has a relative who plays for Mount Carmel and he wanted to get the lowdown on Neuqua’s team.
According to Anders, the man gave over the sheet of paper he was writing on that contained some quick notes about Neuqua’s team. He also surrendered the disc from his video camera to Neuqua officials.
After that, Neuqua officials decided not to press charges against the man. Because there are no charges against him, Naperville police did not release the man’s name.
Neuqua officials said the man was welcome to come to Saturday’s game — where he wouldn’t be trespassing.