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Urbana Schools Asst Superintendent arraigned on eavesdropping charge –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On November 29, 2018


Samuel J. Byndom, Assistant Superintendent of Schools at Urbana School District 116, was charged earlier this month with eavesdropping.

In previous reports, it was alleged that he purchased a voice activated ink pen and placed it in the closed session meeting room of the School Board prior to their meeting.

Judge Olmstead presided:

  • Champaign County 18-CF-1595 – Charge of Eavesdropping, that he intentionally, on October 28, used an eavesdropping device to surreptitiously record all or part of a private conversation in which he was not a party. Mainly a closed meeting of the Urbana School Board.
  • Possible penalties are Class 4 Felony with a maximum of 3 years in prison, a fine, and /or probation.
  • Defendant requested a preliminary Hearing
  • Preliminary Hearing set for December 18, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom B (3rd floor)
  • Recognizance Bond set at $3000

Prior to this arraignment, the Court permitted Extended Media Coverage.

Video below:

Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until found guilty in a court of law.

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  • Dave
    Posted at 20:37h, 29 November

    Wow…. there appears to be obvious intent.

  • Rory Steidl
    Posted at 18:49h, 30 November

    It will be interesting to learn his motive.