UNH men's basketball staff member fired for misconduct
Scott Weitzell allegedly photographed players in the locker room
The part-time staff member of the University of New Hampshire athletics department who was fired has been identified as Scott A. Weitzell of Newmarket, the now-former director of operations for the UNH men's basketball team.
According to a statement from UNH Police Chief and Executive Director of Public Safety Paul Dean, Weitzell was allegedly photographing and/or videotaping male athletes in their locker room.
UNH's athletic director [Marty Scarano] and senior university officials learned of the misconduct on Feb. 20, 2014 and then immediately notified the UNHPD, according to a statement from Joel Seligman, chief communications officer at UNH.
A press conference was held at the UNH Police department Wednesday disclosing this information.
Two days prior to the press conference, the university released a statement that only announced that a part-time athletics staff member had been fired based on "allegations of misconduct ... involving student athletes."
The alleged misconduct reportedly occurred a month before it was reported, at a game at the University of Vermont on Jan. 20, 2014.
"UNH President Mark Huddleston is deeply troubled by the amount of time that passed between the Vermont game and the reporting of the allegations to UNH senior officials. The president is working with leadership of the Board of Trustees to determine the best course for a broad, independent investigation and review," Seligman said in a prepared statement.
Once the university was informed of the alleged misconduct, Weitzell was suspended from his employment and banned from the UNH campus the day following the reported misconduct, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. Weitzell's employment was terminated on Feb. 25, 2014.
"The University of New Hampshire's senior leadership acted quickly and thoroughly when Weitzell's misconduct was reported," Seligman said.
"UNH Police Department investigators attained a search warrant to seize a mobile phone alleged to have been utilized as an image-recording device," Dean said. "In collaboration with the Newmarket Police Department, investigators went to the residence of Mr. Weitzell," where he was arrested by Newmarket Police Department.
Dean said that Weitzell was arrested for "resisting arrest/detention and for [attempted] falsification of physical evidence during the course of the investigator's attempts to seize a mobile device pursuant to the aforementioned search warrant."
"There is no additional information to share at this time," Erika Mantz, director of Media Relations at UNH, said Thursday.
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