PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A former CMU student accused of taking pictures of students in the shower waived his right to a preliminary hearing and is headed for trial.
However, his lawyer says he’s prepared to plead guilty
“They want this resolved and obviously being a parent, as you well know is a very devastating time in their life,” defense attorney Robert Leight said.
In February, Daniel Jorge was arrested after students on the sixth floor of Morewood Gardens East reported someone was using his cell phone to take pictures while they showered.
Police obtained a search warrant to review Jorge’s iPhone, laptop and external hard drive and found more than 30 videos. Some of the men could be identified and others could not.
Today, though, Jorge and his attorney decided to waive a preliminary hearing, sending the case to a trial date. But, a plea is coming, says his attorney.
“We waived the preliminary hearing today. We informed the district attorney’s office our intention to plead guilty to these charges. Mr. Jorge has accepted responsibility for his actions. He’s in counseling. This is a very difficult time in his life and hopefully he, and the victims move on,” Leight said.
Jorge now faces formal arraignment in May and in the months after that his lawyer expects that guilty plea.
Jorge was dismissed from the university after their own investigation.