PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A Carnegie Mellon University student has been kicked out of school after being accused of videotaping dozens of students in the showers of a campus dorm.
Daniel Jorge, 19, of Williston, New York, didn’t say a word after he left court with his attorney Thursday night. His attorney didn’t have anything to say either.
However, one CMU student who lives on the sixth floor of Morewood Gardens East, the floor where the allegations happened, had a lot to say.
“I think everyone on the floor was shocked that this happened. It’s a weird situation for all of us,” CMU freshman Kellen Carleton said.
Carleton said Jorge was a mentor on his floor. Someone he says he thought he could trust.
“That was the one thing we talked about when this happened. How trust is broken between our mentor and the floor,” Carleton said.
According to the criminal complaint, reports about Jorge started back in September of 2014.
Two students reported that someone was using a cell phone to take pictures while they were taking a shower. The complaint goes on to say they spotted someone holding an iPhone over the shower stall.
Police questioned Jorge.
The complaint says he eventually told police that he had used his iPhone to video an unknown number of young men in the sixth floor showers since he arrived on campus in August of 2014.
When asked how many young men he filmed, the criminal complaint says Jorge stated “lots.”
Police used a search warrant to obtain Jorge’s iPhone, laptop and external hard drive.
In December of 2014, state police say they found several videos edited and pasted together on Jorge’s external hard drive. The complaint says they were all of young men naked and showering. Some men could be identified while others could not. Police say they found more than 30 videos.
“The guys who were filmed say they were contacted by police. They tried to identify themselves, but those are the ones they could identify; I don’t know if I was,” Carleton said.
Jorge turned himself in on Thursday.
CMU released this statement Thursday saying:
“Upon learning of the allegations, University Police promptly initiated an investigation and identified and interviewed the student in question, which led to his immediate departure from campus. He is no longer a student at Carnegie Mellon University. Student Affairs staff have notified victims on the status of the investigation, advised them of their rights to file a criminal complaint, and offered support from the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services and other staff.”
Jorge is charged with three counts of invasion of privacy and two counts of criminal attempt. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 4 at 8 a.m.