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Former Glen Lake teacher faces charges for taking inappropriate photos of students, deputies say

UPDATE 2/21/24 6 p.m.

LEELANAU COUNTY — At least three student are now considered victims after a former teacher at Glen Lake Community Schools allegedly took inappropriate photos of students while he was still working there.

Elijah George was arrested on Feb. 15. The investigation started in January.


“He’s been charged with six felonies, three counts of using a computer to commit a crime, three counts of surveilling and unclothed person. Those are felonies in Michigan and punishable by up to four years,” said Dan Short, the assistant prosecuting attorney.

George was arraigned last week and has since posted bond.

The Glen Lake superintendent declined our request for an interview but shared a statement that was sent to families at the school, which you can read below.

Court documents say George cannot return to Glen Lake Schools or any other schools right now. He is also not allowed to work with any school that has minors.


His next court date has not been set.

2/20/24 4:19 p.m.

LEELANAU COUNTY — The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday it was contacted on Jan. 24 by Glen Lake Community Schools about a teacher possibly taking inappropriate photos of students.

Deputies arrived at the school and started an investigation that was later turned over to detectives for follow-up, deputies said. It was determined that Elijah Daniel George, 26, of Traverse City was the teacher in question, deputies said.


The investigation included the execution of several search warrants of electronic devices as well as residences in the local area as well as in St. Clair County, officials said.

On Feb. 15, George was arrested in Marysville by the Marysville Police Department and was brought back to Leelanau County the following day, deputies said.

The Leelanau County Prosecutor’s Office said George has been charged with three counts of surveilling an unclothed person and three counts of using a computer to commit a crime.

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