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Former Ecker Hill Middle School Teacher Taken into Sheriff’s Custody

The Park City School District released information on the Sheriff taking a former Ecker Hill Middle School Teacher info into custody. The release reads:

January 26, 2016

Park City School District has been informed by the Summit County Sheriff’s office that Derek Spitzer, a former teacher at Ecker Hill Middle School, was taken into custody earlier today.

Mr. Spitzer was placed on leave when the District became aware of a complaint about inappropriate communications with a student. As a result of the District’s internal investigation, Mr. Spitzer was notified of his termination on January 12, 2016.

Based on the complaint, the Summit County Sheriff’s office opened a criminal investigation. The district has been cooperating with the Summit County Sheriff and County Attorney’s office in the subsequent investigation of Mr. Spitzer. We will continue to work with their offices to ensure that no other students were impacted.

Any questions regarding this matter are to be directed to Joy Natale at the Summit County Attorney’s office. (435) 615-3818.




I have been hearing the question from parents: How, with the current monitoring of school computers, laptops, online activity, could this have gone unnoticed over several months?


In addition, Christina Sally, Summit County Investigator, spoke of the way in which predators of this nature, and this specific one, groom young victims. It was worth my time to attend last night’s discussion. And it was an open discussion wherein I think all questions were answered, not just a presentation. We may not have liked some of the answers, but that the discussion was well attended by school representatives (more so than parents, I thought), was notable.

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