Delaware grad student secretly recorded hundreds of women on restroom cameras, cops say
A graduate student at the University of Delaware was arrested last week after campus police discovered cameras he had hidden in multiple bathrooms on the campus, Fox 5 reported.
Police say 38-year-old Javier Mendiola-Soto hid video cameras the size of cigarette packs in the Hugh Morris Library, Memorial Hall, Willard Hall, the ISE Laboratory, and the Delaware Biotechnology Institute. There were over 1,500 recorded videos of at hundreds of victims on computers confiscated by police, but investigators said there is no evidence that the videos were shared online.
Dates on the videos indicate that Mendiola-Soto had been amassing his collection for at least two years. Investigators do not know how he was able to plant the cameras in the women’s facilities, as none of them are accessible 24 hours a day.
“We don’t know the answer to that,” the executive director of campus and public safety, Skip Homiak, told The News Journal. “The cameras had to physically be removed and downloaded each time he placed them in the bathroom.”
As one student, Steve Cronin, told Fox 5, “it’s kind of sick that someone was just stockpiling all these images and stuff over such a long period of time, but it’s good they finally got him.”
Police have searched all the campus restrooms — men’s and women’s — and have found no other cameras.
Mendiola-Soto has been charged with 21 counts of felony violation of privacy and is being held on $42,000. Even if he beats the charges, Mendiola-Soto will face deportation, as he was summarily expelled by the university after the arrest and is currently in the United States on a student visa.
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