EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A local student teacher is charged with videotaping a woman without her consent.
Matthew Miller, 22, appeared via video in Eau Claire County Court Friday.
Eau Claire police said Miller is a student teacher in Chetek. He's charged with three counts of capturing an intimate representation without consent.
Lt. Derek Thomas said there's evidence of at least three occasions where Miller set up a spy camera to catch a female UW-Eau Claire student undressing without her knowledge.
“It was an acquaintance of her, she confronted that person who ultimately turned out to be Matthew Miller,” explained Thomas. “He admitted to it that he placed a camera inside of her bedroom, we seized the camera and we downloaded some video that he obtained on three different occasions.”
The criminal complaint says Miller placed a spy camera in the UW-student's bedroom and bathroom to film her unaware multiple times before she discovered the camera and confronted Miller.
“After speaking with the suspect Matthew Miller he did admit to us that he did place that video camera inside the bedroom and the bathroom at one point knowing that she was going to come out of the shower,” said Thomas.
The criminal complaint does say the victim first reported the incident to the Dean of Students, who placed Miller on probation. She later reported it to police saying she didn't want the incident to happen again since Miller is scheduled to graduate this year and go on to teach K-12.
“We want them to feel comfortable to talk to the police,” said Thomas. “We do have victim advocacy programs here set in place to help guide their process. If they feel more comfortable going to the university with people that they're familiar within the university staff we encourage that as well.”
In a statement the university told WEAU it has followed its student conduct violation process and is cooperating fully with Eau Claire police.
We did reach out to the Chetek School District for comment but have yet to hear back.