UW-Eau Claire student charged with videotaping women showering in residence hall

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis (WEAU)--A UW-Eau Claire student has been charged with videotaping five women showering in a residence hall.
22 -year-old Michael Somers, is free on a $500 bond after his first appearance in Eau Claire County Court.

He is charged with five counts of taking an image of nudity without consent and five counts of invasion of privacy. According to the criminal complaint, on May 20th Somers, who works for housing and residence, followed a woman from Towers Hall to Murray Hall.

The woman says while in the shower she noticed a cell phone under the curtain and recognized the man running away.

The criminal complaint says when Somers was approached he admitted to taking a 30 second video of the woman and told police he also took several videos of 4 other women showering in the hall.

UW-Eau Claire University Police say safety on campus is their number one priority and take any invasion of privacy very seriously.

“We encourage people to call us right away and if there is something suspicious or someone is acting suspicious, we will investigate it," Chief David Sprick said.

For students living on and off campus the invasion of privacy has left them uneasy, and those I talked to want the university to be more open about things happening on campus.

“I think it should have been brought to our attention. We get emails about other incidents so I don't know why we didn't hear about this one, Christine Hruza said.

“You can’t prevent it, or I suppose you could but preventing it would be hard. But If it’s dealt with quickly and well and it only happens a few times than it’s horrible for some people but at least its gets dealt with,” Avery Van Gaard said.