Ex-Lakeville principal pleads guilty to stalking, burglary and identity theft

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A former middle school principal in Lakeville, Minnesota pleaded guilty Monday to stalking, burglary and identity theft in connection with five separate cases from 2013 to 2018. 

Christopher Endicott, 51, of Apple Valley was the principal of Century Middle School. The initial investigation began in January 2018 when the Apple Valley Police Department got a tip about unauthorized access of a computer in Independent School District 196. Endicott had once worked in ISD 196, but at the time, he was working in a neighboring school district. 

The Dakota County Attorney’s Office says investigators found personal and financial information for a number of people, including school employees and their family members, on Endicott’s electronic devices. He also allegedly made purchases using their credit card information. 

Endicott is also accused of breaking into two homes and stalking an Apple Valley police detective who was investigating the hacking allegations against him. 

Endicott pleaded guilty to two counts of gross misdemeanor stalking, two counts of felony burglary and one count of identity theft. He will be sentenced on June 17.