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Suspect may have deep ties to local community, including local PTA and Cub Scouts

Jonathan Oldale MCP courtesy photoJonathan Oldale at the time of his arrest. COURTESY PHOTOA Chevy Chase man arrested in October for conducting nonconsensual visual surveillance in a private place is may have ties to a local elementary school parent-teacher association, according to two PTA newsletters from September 2016.

Police arrested Jonathan Oldale, 54, Oct. 18 concluding a nearly five-month-long investigation, according to an Oct. 27 police press report. Police began investigating Oldale in May after an employee of the Silver Star Gymnastics and Fitness Club reported finding a backpack containing a concealed camera under a "wet floor" sign on the floor of a bathroom. 

Montgomery County Police are hosting a public safety community meeting Wednesday Nov. 1 at 7:15 p.m. at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase to address parents’ concerns surrounding Oldale's arrest. 

In May, the Silver Star employee noticed the backpack on the floor of a unisex bathroom at the Silver Spring facility, which Oldale later claimed as his. According to the police report, a camera was found inside a key fob that had been placed inside the backpack.

"The employee noted that the camera was hot to the touch and a light on the camera was illuminated, indicating that the device was in the ‘on’ position,” according to the police report.

According to a police search warrant, police reported finding a computer in Oldale's home containing two videos of unidentified females who appeared to be underage urinating in a bathroom. The recordings appeared to have been downloaded from the Internet and not original videos, police reported.

Two September 2016 PTA newsletters from Somerset Elementary School in Chevy Chase indicate Oldale was a "New & International Families" ambassador at the school, as part of a Parent-Teacher Association program. The newsletter also listed him as a contact for the Cub Scouts at Somerset.

Montgomery County Police spokesperson Capt. Paul Starks, said police did not contact MCPS about Oldale during the investigation.

MCPS spokesperson Derek Turner directed all other questions to the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations.

The Montgomery County Sentinel could not confirm whether Oldale was a Somerset PTA member or whether he was associated with the Cub Scout troop before deadline.

Tracie Potts, recording secretary for the MCCPTA Board of Directors, offered the following statement:

“MCCPTA is a Council of local units. We don’t keep their membership lists. So we can’t confirm whether someone is a member of a specific PTA, and would not have records on whether they hired a consultant.” 

Potts said each parent-teacher association keeps its own list of members and directed questions to the elementary school PTA contqact Inga Barry.

Barry refused to confirm whether Oldale was involved in the PTA in the last two years.

“Per PTA regulations, any family is automatically a PTA member if they pay dues, however, that record list is not public information but for accounting purposes only,” Barry said in an email. “Anyone in the community may attend a PTA meeting and participate, whether or not they have paid dues and are a member.” 

For more information, or to speak with police about information pertaining to the Oldale investigation, contact Lt. Sheila Sugrue at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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