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Man who drowned was focus of invasion of privacy investigation


Eau Claire County (WQOW) - An Eau Claire County man, who took his own life on Friday, is the focus of what the sheriff's office is calling an "expansive" case.

Dan Weggel, 32, was arrested on Thursday for invasion of privacy. Weggel held private music lessons at his home and was also a swim coach at Eau Claire Memorial High School.  Investigators believe he was using a cell phone to record video of kids without their permission.  

He was released pending possible charges when, on Friday, he drowned in Lake Wissota.  The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office says Weggel called his parents to tell them he was going to take his own life. His body was recovered late Friday afternoon.

Eau Claire County investigators seized computers, thumb drives and other electronic equipment from his home. Sheriff Ron Cramer says they've looked at hundreds of images, but may only be scratching the surface. Sheriff Cramer says they're trying to determine where the pictures/images were taken. 

As of now, the Eau Claire School District is not involved in the investigation. The sheriff says if they thought the pictures were taken at a local school, they would be in contact with the administration.

They are talking to parents whose children may have had contact with Weggel. If you have concerns, you're being asked to call the sheriff's office at 715-839-5103.

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