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Authorities: Cameras catch Hope Mills brothers using school playground as bathroom

Posted May 17, 2016

Robert Christopher Elliott

— An 18-year-old Hope Mills man and his younger brother are facing charges after authorities say they were caught on camera defecating on a school playground.

For the last few weeks, the staff at Rockfish Road Elementary School has been forced to clean human feces from the school's playground, authorities said. In effort to identify the perpetrator, the Cumberland County safe schools coordinator had cameras installed around the playground.

Soon after the cameras were installed, Robert Christopher Elliott was captured on video camera defecating on the playground. Authorities said Elliott and his brother also took photos of the feces.

Elliott, of the 3700 block of Masters Drive, and his juvenile brother were charged Monday with second-degree trespassing for being on school property after hours. Elliott was also charged with injury to real property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Elliott was taken to the Cumberland County Detention Center where he was placed under a $500.00 bond. He is expected to make his first court appearance on June 3.


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  • Bonita Williams May 18, 2016
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    What bothers me is that there is no mention of used/unused toilet paper being found near the scene of the crime.

  • Janet Ghumri May 18, 2016
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    What bothers me (besides the obvious), is that they were photographing it. Doing it once, could be explained as an emergency, twice maybe stupidity, but 3 or more? That's unconscionable. This is just weird and disgusting

  • Jarfaris Brown May 17, 2016
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    They only chose to do what Obama encouraged them to do. Use the bathroom of their choice.

  • Jim Hinnant May 17, 2016
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    The "Mad Cr**per" lives!

  • Dixie Ryder May 17, 2016
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    What about indecent exposure. !,000 ft from a school. @ the school? 10 yrs on sex offender list. They got a friend 15-20 yrs ago up north for pulling over on hwy at 130 am. He had to pee. On other side of trees, woods was a school. He was on list for 10 yrs. His prior record 2 speeding tickets at 33 yrs old.

  • Byrd Ferguson May 17, 2016
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    Glad the perpetrators got caught.

  • Rebecca Caldwell May 17, 2016
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    They were keeping this up for a few weeks? What is wrong with people?

  • Willy Hartsfield May 17, 2016
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    Wait, aren't they violating their civil rights by arresting them? Shouldn't they be able to use the bathroom that their mind tells them to? The answer is no and the same is true for the LGBT crowd.

  • John Smith May 17, 2016
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    They just identified themselves as dogs...

  • Fanny Chmelar May 17, 2016
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    Thanks, HB2! People are so confused about what bathroom to use that they're going just about anywhere.