Cornell Police identify and charge suspect in bathroom camera case

May 29, 2015 by Rachel Cera

Cornell University says CUPD investigators have filed charges in last spring's case where a camera was found in a women's bathroom. An arrest warrant was issued on May 21st for 34-year-old Jae Seok Lee.

Original image released by CUPD last spring.Original image released by CUPD last spring.CUPD says the staff member who found the covertly placed camera in a first-floor women's bathroom in Jameson Hall last May 16th alerted a supervisor, who informed police. At the time, investigators examined images on the camera for possible leads, and released one they believed might depict the man who had placed the camera.

George Jameson Hall, originally referred to as High Rise 1, is one of the residence halls on Cornell's North Campus. The building houses about 230 students, mostly freshmen.

A newer image released by CUPD earlier this year.A newer image released by CUPD earlier this year.After more images and video were extracted with the help of the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center’s Computer Crime Unit, Cornell released those and once again asked the community for assistance in identifying the suspect.

The Cornell University Police Department says they received numerous tips from community members, "which were instrumental in identifying Lee," who is a citizen of the Republic of Korea. CUPD says he left the United States in July of last year.

At the time the camera was placed in the residence hall, Lee was registered as a Cornell student. He is charged with two counts of second-degree unlawful surveillance, a class E felony.

 

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