LSU student faces felony charges for videotaping private moment
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An LSU student is facing felony charges after videotaping fellow students taking part in a private moment.
LSU police said a serious crime was committed at Kirby Smith dormitory on March 23. Captain Cory Lalonde reports two students were videotaped having sex in a bathroom suite on the sixth floor. He said Asa Baker, 18, told investigators he and a friend went into the bathroom because they heard a female screaming.
Captain Lalonde said what Baker allegedly did next got him in big trouble.
"Once he was in there he neglected to contact the police department or anything of that nature and did take the opportunity to videotape the incident," Lalonde said.
Investigators said Baker then uploaded still images of the sex recording to the social networking site, Instagram. Lalonde said the male taking part in the sex act only found out several days later when a resident assistant at the dorm told him about the online post. Detectives traced it back to Baker who reportedly told them because the students were having sex in a bathroom "they have no expectation of privacy." Captain Lalonde said that is where Baker got it wrong.
"There is expectation of privacy in those incidents and our investigators felt that expectation of privacy was violated and a crime was committed according to the statute," Lalonde said.
Baker was arrested on March 28. He was released the next day on a $7,500 bond.
First Assistant District Attorney Prem Burns said it is a felony offense with consequences that include anywhere between one to five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
"It's not a game. It's not a prank for somebody to do on a campus, on a high school campus, a college campus, at a party or any place else because it's human dignity that is being violated here," Burns said.
Investigators said while baker claimed he deleted the photos a short time after he posted them, the damage is done. The case has been sent to the district attorney's office for review.
Detectives said the man who went into the bathroom with Baker also faces charges for not reporting the secret taping.
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