September 25, 2012
By ARIEL KAMINER
A Princeton University student has been charged with invasion of privacy after a fellow student accused him of taking sexually explicit photographs of him while he slept.
The student who was charged, Richard C. Tuckwell, surrendered to the police on Friday and was released without bail, the Princeton Borough Police said.
According to the police, the two students were already acquainted when they ran into each other on Sept. 16, during what is known at Princeton as Lawn Party weekend. The two were in a room in 1939 Hall, the dormitory where one of them lived, when the victim, who had been drinking, fell asleep, said Capt. Nicholas K. Sutter.
“During the time in the room, while the victim was asleep, the accused took explicit photos of the victim without the victim’s consent,” Captain Sutter said. “He awoke at some point during the incident to the accused on top of him holding the camera.”
It did not appear that the photographs had been sent to anyone else or posted online, the police said.
The accuser, whose name was not released, told the police he had also been sexually assaulted, Captain Sutter said. He said that there were no signs of violence or physical struggle, but that the allegation was being investigated. “It’s a very sensitive case,” he said.
Mr. Tuckwell’s lawyer, Arnold M. Mellk, said his client would plead not guilty. “At the end of the day, the truth of what occurred or did not occur will be told,” he said.
Mr. Tuckwell, an Australian citizen who lives in the Channel Islands, off the French coast of Normandy, has not been suspended, said a spokesman for Princeton University, who added that the school was planning a separate inquiry.
The episode occurred two years after another invasion-of-privacy case involving a New Jersey college dormitory. Dharun Ravi, a first-year student at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., set up a webcam to capture his roommate, Tyler Clementi, in an intimate encounter with a man, and invited friends to watch. Mr. Clementi committed suicide shortly after learning what had occurred. Mr. Ravi was convicted of invasion of privacy, among other charges, and sentenced to 30 days in jail.