A 40-year-old Florida Atlantic University employee is accused of secretly filming other men with his iPhone while they urinated in campus bathrooms, then posting the videos to pornographic websites, according to Palm Beach County police.
The university library staff member allegedly filmed the exposed genitals of 13 males as they urinated.
The men on the films apparently did not know they were being videotaped.
One of the men in the films, a 26-year-old student, started the investigation by clueing police in to a video posted of him on an adult site that showed him using the bathroom.
The student went to FAU police on June 20. He told detectives that a 30-second video of him had been posted to Pornhub.com by somebody with the username JERKING_BUD.
Police apparently retrieved campus surveillance video and started following a digital trail, which lead to a search warrant being executed at the Lake Worth man’s home on Aug. 14, where police seized various items, including a laptop computer that allegedly stored “hundreds” of voyeuristic videos.
The man was immediately placed on administrative leave, and two days later, he resigned from his position as a coordinator of academic support services in the FAU libraries. He had been an FAU employee since 2002, according to a university spokeswoman.
Subpoenas were sent out to Pornhub.com, Yahoo! and AT&T as part of the investigation.
Pornhub.com apparently told police on June 28 that a video of the student urinating was posted on June 4 and garnered 3,106 views, according to reports. It was one of 17 videos posted to the same profile.
From the subpoenas, police claim they discovered that an email used on the FAU network was used to access the porn sites.
Police claim that during an interview the man confessed to using his iPhone to secretly record numerous people, including himself. The man allegedly recorded other men masturbating as well.
The man was charged with 13 counts of video voyeurism and four counts of video voyeurism dissemination.
State records indicate the man has no prior arrests. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail Tuesday afternoon, and was released later that night after his bail was set at $51,000.
The laws in Florida make it illegal to watch, film or photograph a person in a private area without their consent. A private area can be defined as a bathroom, gym locker room or any other area that someone has a reasonable expectation of privacy.
Due to the fact that video voyeurism is considered a sex crime, just the mere allegation can have damaging consequences. Once accused of this crime, you must act fast and protect yourself. A Palm Beach County Criminal Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you understand all significant defenses that might apply to your case.
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