Man arrested after allegedly pretending to be CIA employee at local high school

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Edmond North High School

EDMOND, Okla. – An Edmond man is facing a federal complaint after he allegedly pretended to be an employee of the CIA to get inside a local high school.

On Friday, parents of students at Edmond North High School received a letter from the principal about an unusual incident at the school.

“We wanted to advise you that the North staff has been working today with federal law enforcement officials, regarding a male subject who identified himself in the school’s office as a federal agent. This was a North parent who has previously identified his employer as a federal law enforcement agency; however, today he suggested he would be taking action in his role as an agent to offer special protection for North.

Having no identification that supported his claim, the parent was denied access to the campus until he could present appropriate ID. Uncomfortable with the gentleman’s claim, the school’s administrators followed EPS protocol and enlisted the assistance of the campus SRO. The North SRO then followed up with calls to federal law enforcement in OKC. From there, the FBI took over the investigation, which is currently in progress. According to federal investigators, the man was taken into custody at his home.

We would assure you that– while the parent’s comments were unusual– they did not suggest that there was a specific danger to the campus. He did not make threats of any sort, and he cooperated fully with the administrator, calmly answering all questions posed.

As a further matter of assurance, we would underscore that the security and safety of our students and staff continues – each day – to be our greatest concern. Today’s collaborative interactions among our school, our school district office, Edmond Police Department, the FBI, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office have combined to provide the highest level of security possible for our shared Edmond North community,” a letter from the principal read.

Authorities say 46-year-old Richard Todd Carsins pretended to be a member of the CIA and the Department of Homeland Security and would patrol the campus.

Carsins was arrested on a federal complaint of pretending to be an employee of the United States government.

If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison.