NDSU roommate accused of recording secret nude videos
Spotting a light shining from a pair of pants left in her bathroom sparked her curiosity.
When the woman took a look at the pants, she found a cell phone hidden inside. The phone's video camera was running and several other videos on the phone showed her nude taking a bath, according to charges filed Wednesday in Cass County District Court.
"I couldn't stop my tears and I wish I never would have left my apartment to live with these animals," she wrote in a statement to police filed with charges.
The fellow North Dakota State University computer science student the woman was staying with until the end of the semester, Anoop Singh, was arrested on Wednesday on a charge of surreptitious intrusion, a Class A misdemeanor.
Singh was taken to the Cass County Jail, where he was being held for an initial court appearance.
According to documents filed with the charges, the female student was staying just temporarily in a unit leased by Singh and three others in the school's University Village complex.
NDSU police say she took Singh's phone to officers, who then questioned the residents of the apartment. The victim told police she thought three of her four roommates were involved.
In a report filed with the charges, police say Singh admitted to recording the woman in the bathroom, telling them, "I did it, and no one else was involved."
Singh declined to answer more questions or write a statement, police said. A laptop computer and four cell phones belonging to Singh were taken by police.
A message left for Singh was not returned.
No videos or pictures of the woman were found on the phones and computers of the other roommates, who said they didn't know anything about the videos.
The woman said in her statement that one video on the phone showed Singh setting it up in his pants in the bathroom.
A surreptitious intrusion conviction, as a Class A misdemeanor, can bring up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine. It's only a felony in certain situations, such as when the defendant is a sex offender who has to register, said Tristan Van de Streek, an assistant Cass County state's attorney.