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Camera Found in Old Cap Mall Bathroom
IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - Employees of the University of Iowa have been on camera -- and not in a place you want to be filmed.
University of Iowa police are looking for the person or people who placed a hidden camera in a bathroom of the Information Technology Services Department on the second floor of the Old Capitol Town Center.
There are about 100 people who work in the offices around the bathroom where the camera was found, but the bathroom was also visible from a public hallway, behind an unlocked glass door. That door has now been locked, and requires a university ID to enter, said Department of Public Safety Director Chuck Green.
Still, the event had people at the mall feeling uncomfortable on Thursday.
"It feels a little awkward, because that should be a little private," said Raj Sidhu.
It is unsettling to think, that, in one of your private moments, anyone could be watching, Sidhu said.
"It just makes me feel uncomfortable, because they're always saying, 'Oh, you're protected, we're always looking out for these things,' and then, you know, they find a camera. It makes you wonder: am I one of those people that are on there?" said UI student Chelsey Montgomery.
"We take it incredibly seriously. We have to remind people to be constantly aware of their environment and be constantly vigilant," said associate director of Public Safety Bill Searls.
That is especially true in a world where people can constantly be captured on camera, whether they be for security, surveillance, traffic, or television, Searls said.
"When I got to the bathroom, I feel that's not the first thing I think of. I'm like, 'I need to go to the bathroom and I'm getting out of here.' Not like, 'Is there a camera?'" Montgomery said.
An employee found the camera on the ground, where it likely fell from a hiding place, said university spokesperson Joseph Brennan. For the time beginning, that person is still out of plain sight. The university is hoping that doesn't last long.
"We are going to aggressively investigate and we will press charges when we find the person or person responsible," Brennan said.
University police searched the rest of the mall after finding the camera on June 4, just after 2 p.m., and did not find anything else suspicious, Brennan said.
Brennan wants anyone impacted to know that counseling services are available through RVAP and other university programs.
Brennan and Searls are asking anyone with more information to contact the Department of Public Safety at 319-335-5022.