UD Public Safety investigating voyeurism incident in library restroom

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The University of Dayton Police Department is looking to identify students who visited a library restroom after a hidden camera was found inside, according to a letter sent to university faculty, staff and students.

The camera was found in a unisex restroom on the second floor of the Roesch Library on the evening on Oct. 28. Police are looking for six people who visited the restroom in order for the voyeurism investigation to continue.

A suspect, who was a student at UD at the time of the incident but has since withdrawn, was identified by police and barred from campus, according to Chief Rodney Chatman.

The letter says UD police are looking to have criminal charges filed against the suspect, whose identity has not been released.

According to the letter, police would like to speak with anyone who visited the restroom between 9:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. on Oct. 28. There is currently no evidence that any media was uploaded to the internet or shared by the suspect to others, Chief Chatman said.

Students who spoke with 2 NEWS said they are troubled by the discovery.

“Definitely very shocked, and it makes me sad that other students invade privacy,” said Julia Wondrack, a freshman.

“It’s extremely disturbing, especially since people are always in there,” said Tyler McAllister, a junior.

After the suspect was identified, there was a sweep of areas where the suspect would frequent to search for any other possible hidden cameras, according to the police chief’s letter. No additional cameras were found.

“From the way that Dayton handled it and took care of it, I feel still safe on campus and in the library,” McAllister said.

According to Chief Chatman, if you find a hidden camera or other suspicious device elsewhere on campus, you should leave it in place and report it immediately to UD police.

Some students told 2 NEWS they don’t feel less safe, but others said they plan to be more cautious.

“I think everything’s safe here, so I’m not really concerned that much,” said John Ruma, a freshman.

“You just have to be aware of your surroundings and just kind of look around just to make sure,” Wondrack said.

University of Dayton police declined to comment to 2 NEWS beyond the letter sent to students Wednesday.

If you have any information regarding the case or believe you were in the restroom during the evening time frame on Oct. 28, you’re asked to contact University of Dayton police at 937-229-2799 or by email at pub.safety@udayton.edu.

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