Student Filmed Hundreds of Women in Bathroom: Cops

University of Delaware suspect hid them in sanitary napkin dispensers: police

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 28, 2014 11:12 AM CDT

(Newser) – Creepy news from the University of Delaware: A former grad student is suspected of having filmed women in bathroom stalls across the campus after he allegedly installed cameras in sanitary napkin dispensers. Hundreds of women were victimized in the case, campus security director Skip Homiak says. The suspect is ex-doctoral candidate Javier Mendiola-Soto, now expelled; he has reportedly acknowledged downloading some 1,500 videos of victims, some of whom were recorded multiple times, Homiak notes.

Counseling has been made available to all the victims, he adds, per the News Journal. Mendiola-Soto, 38, only used two cameras, but he moved them all over campus over a two-year period, says Homiak. A woman spotted one of the cameras last month, he notes. The suspect also allegedly put cameras in a Goodwill store and in his own bathroom; he reportedly had female roommates. Mendiola-Soto, of Mexico, has been charged with 21 counts of privacy violation, and he's had his visa revoked, CNN reports. He's likely to be deported to Mexico as a result of prosecution after he's served any sentence, Homiak says.

Graduates throw their caps in the air in triumph at the University of Delaware's commencement ceremony in Newark, Del., Saturday, May 31, 2014.
Graduates throw their caps in the air in triumph at the University of Delaware's commencement ceremony in Newark, Del., Saturday, May 31, 2014.   (AP Photo/Emily Varisco)
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