A female University student filed a complaint against Robert Rotaru ’15, who took pictures of her while she was taking a shower in a coed bathroom facility in 156 High Street on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 8:30 a.m. Later that day Public Safety (PSafe) sent out an email to all University students alerting them to the incident. The email said that the incident was considered to be isolated, and that they did not suspect that there were any other victims.
According to an NBC Connecticut article, a police report stated that Rotaru used a cell phone to take pictures of the female student. The female student told Middletown police that she was aware that a male student was in the shower stall next to her; she heard the other shower shut off and saw the other student try to reach under her stall with a cell phone in his hand.
“She asked him what he was doing and he replied ‘I’m sorry’ before leaving the bathroom, according to the police,” the article reads.
The male student took four photos, two of his hand and two of the female student’s legs. During initial questioning, he admitted to taking the photos.
The male student was taken to Middletown Police Headquarters and processed on charges of voyeurism and disorderly conduct. He was subsequently released on $10,000 bond and yesterday pled not guilty in court, according to The Middletown Press.
Connecticut state law lists voyeurism as a Class D Felony, according to Justia.com. In Connecticut, a person charged with a Class D Felony can face up to five years in prison or a $5,000 fine.
Director of Public Safety David Meyer declined to comment on details of the incident.