Male student accuses another male student of “peeping”

John Morfin

A male student accused another male student of taking photos of him while using the restroom facilities.

Campus police officers responded to a call placed by the accuser around 10 a.m. on Oct. 30, according to Cerritos College Campus Police Chief Richard Bukowiecki.

The male student claimed to have been photographed with a cell phone by another male student while using the restroom facilities located inside the Liberal Arts Building.

Police then questioned both parties involved.

Robert Chester, coordinator of judicial affairs, was alerted and informed of the situation by campus police.

According to Chester, protocol for something like this is to call the Judicial Affairs Office.

The responding officers checked the phone of the accused in search of indecent photographs of the accuser.

No photos of the accuser were discovered in the phone.

According to Chester, he spoke with the responding officers as well as the accuser and accused.

“I spoke to the complainant, the accused, and the officers who responded in order to help determine what course of action should be taken.

Chester continued, “It was more of an educational opportunity than a formal judicial action.”

According to Bukowiecki, officers filed a report, but an arrest was not made because the search of the accused provided no evidence.

Art major Gabriel Carrasco finds the thought of a male student taking photographs of another male student while using the restroom disturbing.

“It’s weird. It’s kind of gross,” Carrasco said.

Carrasco recommends that instead of directly confronting someone who you believed to have photographed you while using the restroom, you should get a good description of the individual and report it to the authorities.

“A direct physical confrontation wouldn’t solve anything,” Carrasco said.

According to Bukowiecki, if someone photographs someone while using the restroom, it is considered to be a misdemeanor lewd act crime and can be subject to arrest.