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Patterson peeper preys

Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Updated: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 18:01

An incident of voyeurism took place in a first floor women’s restroom in Patterson Hall  on Redstone Campus at approximately 12 p.m. Jan.17, according to UVM Police Services.

The suspect was described as a white male of average to tall height. He is believed to be in possession of a black smartphone or a smartphone contained in a black case, UVM Police Services said.

The smartphone was allegedly used to take both photographs and videos of a female who was in the shower at the time, UVM Police Services said.

There is “no further description or information available at this time,” UVM Police Services said.

“I don’t think that girls feel safe showering there anymore. They probably thought something like that would never happen in their own dorm,” first-year Ben Deming said.

The incident in Patterson Hall seems to be a one-time occurrence, according to Tim Bilodeau, Deputy Chief of UVM Police Services.

In the past couple of years, there has not been a case similar in magnitude to the one that occurred in Patterson Hall, Bilodeau said.

The incident at Patterson Hall is very concerning according to Bilodeau

“The incident certainly produces anxiety for women in the University community,” he said.

“I would say it was very unsettling and it makes me feel much less safe in my own dorm,” sophomore and Patterson resident Josey Crosby said.

Sophomore Sylvia Lane, also a Patterson resident, said that, “it was surprising to hear about.”

Moving forward, UVM Police Services is continuing to actively investigate the incident, and will disclose new information about the subject and event itself if developed, Bilodeau said.

Bilodeau said that University Police Services is always discussing ways to enhance security on campus. Whether this is enhancing existing security measures, adding new ones, or increasing community awareness.

If you see something suspicious or witness any concerning behavior, call UVM Police Services immediately.

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