Plant House is one of two dorms on the campus where since October 5 female students reported someone was pointing a cell phone camera underneath and above the stall door to get video of them in the changing area. Two female students who did not want to be identified live in the coed dorm and know the victims.
“You know you’re reaching out to get your shampoo cause some people don’t bring their shampoo in and there’s a phone like tilted up watching her like taking videos of her whatever,” said one student.
“You definitely are on guard like before you get out you’re checking to see like what’s going on,” added the other student.
Shortly after we spoke with those students who did believe antoher student was responsible police confirmed that they interviewed a 20 year old male student from Conn College who is now the prime suspect.
“They also seized some digital media in the form of a laptop computer and a couple of cellular telephones that they believe might have been used,” said New London Police Chief Peter Reichard.
Another person on campus tells News 8 the student was taken out of Plant House by police this morning.
“I actually suspected that it might be a fellow student unfortunately just because of the nature of how it was happening,” said Connecticut College student Emma Henricks.
“I guess I would be wondering why he would be doing something like that,” said Connecticut College student Rosie Jimenez who was concerned. “Yeah I definitely was.”
In a statement, a spokesperson for Connecticut College says it has taken measures to ensure student safety and security like the “… installation of privacy curtains in an affected residence hall, increased patrols by our Campus Safety department, and ensured that there are private restroom options in the affected buildings.”
Conn College would not discuss if the student has been allowed to return to campus.
“We’re looking at the possibility of some voyeurism charges,” said Chief Reichard. “There may be computer crime charges, breach of peace.”
The Conn College student has not been charged yet. Police still need to go through the electronic equipment and they also have to put together a detailed arrest warrant which could take a couple of weeks. Police say based on preliminary evidence, the investigation has evolved to include more incidents than have been reported.
A facebook page called Take Back Our Showers has been set up by students to bring awareness of these concerns.
The page stated…
“For those who may have been abroad, since October of this fall semester, there have been 4 reported incidents (3 in Plant; 1 in Morrison) of male students sexually harassing women in dormitory showers by taking non-consensual photographs/videos via cellphone. None of the perpetrators have been identified. Conn’s administration, Campus Safety and the New London Police Dept. are involved in the investigation of all 4 cases. Emails about all reported incidents were sent to all students, however, there was a lack of transparency, information, and proposed preventative strategies. The lack of information has caused frustration and speculation, resulting in students continuing to feel unsafe while showering. When we talk about the “issue” it is two-fold: 1. the issue that these incidents continue to occur at all and 2. the lack of transparency from the administration.”
Another post on January 25, 2019 said that there was a fifth incident the night before when “a phone camera was directed at the student in the shower stall.”