24-Year-Old Man Accused Of Filming Female Students In West Halls Dorm Shower
Penn State Police arrested 24-year-old Xinyu Li Friday, following accusations of the Boalsburg native recording women showering in West Hall dorm Hamilton Hall earlier this month.
After his arrest, Li admitted to taking the videos and that he felt guilty, according to the criminal complaint.
Penn State Police first responded to the third floor of Hamilton Hall around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 7. A female reported she noticed a person standing outside the shower stall for about a minute, then she saw a cell phone above the shower stall. The phone retreated and then went back above the shower stall, and then the female reported the suspect ran away and down the hallway.
After the first report, police recovered video footage of the man entering Hamilton Hall by following students entering the dorm at around 8 p.m. that night.
The following week, a second female reported a phone filming her in the shower around 9:40 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, in Hamilton Hall. She noticed the phone from underneath the next stall before the suspect ran away after filming for “a few seconds.”
Police reviewed surveillance and footage of the suspect’s truck parked in the West Halls loading dock and later canvassed the Toftrees area for the vehicle on Wednesday, October 18. The driver of the vehicle, Li, was taken into custody on Friday, October 20, and matched descriptions from the victims.
Li admitted to taking the videos, according to the affidavit, and stated he felt guilty and ultimately deleted the videos. Detectives later found five videos of the women showering stored in an app disguised as a calculator.
Li was charged with criminal trespassing and invasion of privacy, and his preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday, October 25. The defendant is currently at the Centre County Correctional Facility with bail set at 10% of $10,000.
“The safety of our campus community is always Penn State’s top priority, and we are grateful that University Police and Public Safety was able to identify the person believed to be responsible for these disturbing incidents,” Penn State University Police Public Information Officer Jacqueline Sheader told StateCollege.com. “…UPPS reminds the community that following critical safety protocols — such as not permitting unknown individuals access to residence halls — are important to help keep our campus safe.”
Li does not have an affiliation with the university.
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