Police investigating Randall Hall peeper

By Melissa Proulx
On April 1, 2014

This article was originally published on Feb. 28, 2014.

Police are on the lookout for an unidentified suspect who is believed to have taken photos of a showering female resident in an Upper Quad dorm.

The incident occurred the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Randall Hall, according to a safety bulletin sent out to students Wednesday by the UNH Police Department through Residential Life. The victim called the station at approximately 11:45 a.m., reporting that the unidentified suspect was "outside of a shower holding a mobile telephone over the stall in an effort to photograph the female resident as she showered."

The victim believed the gender of the suspect to be male and was certain that he was Caucasian and wearing a black, long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt. The victim also said that the suspect was using a white iPhone with a "Minion" sticker on the back, camera side of the phone.

The UNH Police Department does not have any leads or suspects as of yet.

"It is still under investigation," Executive Director of Public Safety Paul Dean said. "The most important thing when this happens is that people call us if they know something."

Gilly Barbato, the Upper Quad hall director, said that she would not comment on the matter at this time.

Dean said that any individual who is found guilty of this crime as well as others similar to this could be looking at some serious consequences.

"It's a privacy violation, it's a misdemeanor," he said, referencing New Hampshire Statue 644:9. "They could be looking at up to a year in jail or a $2,000 fine."

Dean said that if the person found guilty is a UNH student, they could also face "dismissal from the institution."

"We're not always sure that these people are students," he said. "But we've been proactive at trying to avoid these strangers who come in and don't belong here."

With the bulletin states that UNHPD and Campus Services Officers will be increasing their patrols of the areas; Dean does not believe that another incident like this will occur in the near future.

"[An incident like this] is not unheard of and probably happens at least two or three times a year," he said. "It's not uncommon, but it's not a regular occurrence."

Anyone with any information about the incident is encouraged to contact the university police department immediately at (603) 862-1427.

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