By Kristin Zachary
Thursday, May 16, 2013
A Peeping Tom video filmed about eight years ago in a purple and gold locker room will be an embarrassment and breach of security if an investigation determines it recorded at ECU, an official said.
The footage was brought to the attention of East Carolina University police in November, and an officer is investigating to determine if it was filmed in a campus locker room, ECU police Lt. Chris Sutton said at a Wednesday news conference.
Sutton would not elaborate on the investigation process but said “there is some urgency to it.” He said there is no current threat at ECU and he is confident in the security measures now in place.
The video appears to be at least 8 years old, university spokeswoman Jeannine Hutson said on Wednesday.
“There have been some renovations on the athletics campus since the video was shot, so it may or may not be our campus,” she said. No one has been identified from the video.
“They’re still determining if this occurred on our campus and what victims can be identified, if any,” Hutson said.
The footage was part of a collection removed from the Ayden home of LaDarryl Strong, 33, after he was arrested on peeping charges last year outside Five County Stadium following a Mudcats game.
Strong, of 169 Snow Hill St., Ayden, posed as a janitor and sneaked into a visitors’ locker room after a game between the Mudcats and the Wilmington, Del., Blue Rocks on April 10, 2012. Officials with the Zebulon Police Department said Strong filmed players undressing.
Officers recovered eight videos, a small camera, 15 grams of marijuana and paraphernalia from his vehicle. At his home, investigators seized 20 computers and other media devices.
Strong was charged with felony secret peeping, first-degree trespass, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He agreed to plead guilty on March 8 to misdemeanor secret peeping in Wake County. He was sentenced to 36 months probation.
The possibility one of Strong’s videos was recorded on ECU’s campus is serious, Sutton said Wednesday, but the investigation will take time as officials have reviewing at least 400 videos from the Ayden home.
“I can’t say that they may have been on ECU’s campus,” Sutton said about the videos, “but we had to review them to be certain.”
It was not clear if Strong has any connection with ECU, but university officials confirmed he did not attend ECU and is not a current or past employee.
Investigators at ECU continue to work on the case but are not at a point of making a final report, Sutton said. He said he does expect security procedures to be reviewed following the investigation.
If the video is determined to have been taken on ECU’s campus, it would be an invasion of privacy, Sutton said, and “there would be some level of embarrassment … it would feel like some layer of security had been breached.”
Security measures taken eight years ago differ from those taken today, he said, with efforts now “more stringent and heightened.”
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via The Daily Reflector.