Police: Grad Student Secretly Videotaped Hundreds of Women in Bathrooms on College Campus

Dave Urbanski, The Blaze, July 27, 2014

Hundreds of women may have been secretly videotaped from cameras found hidden in bathrooms at the University of Delaware, according to state officials.

After cameras were found in women’s restrooms on the campus in Newark, Delaware, authorities arrested a university graduate student, 38-year-old Javier Mendiola-Soto, a former doctoral student from Mexico. His arrest was announced Friday.

Javier Mendiola-Soto

Javier Mendiola-Soto

The suspect has been charged with 21 counts of felony violation of privacy and was being held in Wilmington on a $42,000 secured bond; federal immigration authorities added a detainer that would keep him behind bars even if he could make the cash bond, The News Journal reported, citing Skip Homiak, the university’s director of campus and public safety.

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Mendiola-Soto told campus police he downloaded 1,500 separate videos of women using miniature cameras he hid in sanitary napkin dispensers in bathroom stalls on and around campus, News Journal reported, citing Homiak. But since some of the woman were recorded “three or four times,” Homiak told the News Journal, “hundreds” of victims is an accurate estimate.

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Once the case is adjudicated and any sentence served, he said, the ‘likely outcome’ for Mendiola-Soto is deportation back to his home country of Mexico.

Mendiola-Soto has been expelled from the university, Homiak added.

Homiak said it’s understood that some of the victims–all of whom have been offered counseling–might be reticent to appear in court.

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