School District Director of Technology Accused of Spying on Employees

Tom Drago, 53, was the director of technology of the Easton Area School District for more than 11 years, responsible for running the school district’s technology plan.

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    A photo of Tom Drago from 2001.

    The former director of technology of a local school district is under investigation, after being accused of spying on district employees and holding naked pictures of women on his work computer, according to Lehigh Valley Live.

    Tom Drago, 53, was the director of technology of the Easton Area School District for more than 11 years, responsible for running the school district’s technology plan. Lehigh Valley Live reports officials began to investigate Drago back on October 22, after the district’s Director of Teaching and Learning accused Drago of remotely accessing his computer.

    Court records state Drago initially denied accessing the computer before then claiming he did it by accident, according to Lehigh Valley Live. Lehigh Valley Live reports Drago then allegedly claimed he had permission to access it. He was suspended with pay and his work computer was examined by an information and technology firm.

    During the investigation, Drago’s computers, flash drives, camera, iPad, and iPod were all seized by police, according to Lehigh Valley Live. The firm discovered Drago had accessed the computers of several employees hundreds of times without the authorization of the district superintendent, according to court records. Drago also allegedly transferred and copied files and documents with student information without permission, recorded an April 2012 school board meeting without proper consent and had two naked photos of a school district employee. Investigators suspect Drago took those photos with a webcam without the employee’s consent. Finally, court records state Drago had 70 photos of unidentified naked women on his work computer, according to Lehigh Valley Live.

    Drago officially resigned last Thursday. No charges have been filed yet, as officials continue to investigate.