A student was charged with invasion of privacy and burglary in the third degree on Monday after allegedly holding a cell phone camera over a shower door without the knowledge or consent of a female student who was showering at the time.
David Chesley, originally a member of the Class of 2016, was charged on Monday after an investigation by theDepartment of Public Safety. He voluntarily surrendered.
The incident allegedly took place on Sunday at 8:30 a.m.A female student reported to DPS that she had seen a cell phone held over the shower door with its camera pointed at her, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.The student screamed and the individual then allegedly ran from the area. A DPS investigation later led to the identification of Chesley.
The bathroom, a women’s bathroom in Forbes College, was, like most women’s bathrooms on campus, secured by a combination lock. Chesley was allegedly not licensed or privileged to enter the bathroom and was, as a result, charged with burglary, the Prosecutor’s Office said.
While most dormitories in Forbes have private bathrooms, this is not the case in the Forbes annex, which was built decades after the main inn. Bathrooms there are shared and female bathrooms secured with a combination lock.
Chesley was casino online released after posting a $10,000 bail under the special conditions that he would not have contact with the victim, nor with anyone under 18 years of age, according to a copy of the complaint obtained by The Daily Princetonian. It remains unclear if Chesley knew the victim and whether the victim was underage or not.
A representative from the Princeton Municipal Court said Chesley did not have an attorney on record. Chesley could not be reached for comment. Voice mails left at his cell phone number went unreturned on Wednesday evening.
A conviction of third-degree invasion of privacy can carry with it a sentence of up to five years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine. If the defendant was found to have disclosed the material as well, he might be subject to a $30,000 fine as well. Third-degree burglary can carry a three- to five-year sentence.
University spokesperson Martin Mbugua confirmed that Chesley is not currently enrolled at the University and not living on campus. As of Wednesday morning, he was no longer listed on the Residential College Student Facebook. He was in Wilson College.
Chesley is scheduled to appear in Princeton Municipal Court on Oct. 6.
In 2012, a student was charged with invasion of privacy after allegedly taking sexually explicit photographs of another student who had fallen asleep. In that case, the student was also removed from the College Facebook, but his case was resolved with a pre-trial intervention program.
Earlier this week, a Lawrenceville resident was also arrested for burglary for an incident that occurred over the summer at 20 Washington Road. He was released on $15,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on the same day as Chesley.
In calendar year 2013, there were 41 burglaries reported, according to the University"s most recent Department of Public Safety’s Annual Security and Fire Report.