Ex-UM student pleads not guilty to taking videos of other males showering

Posted Dec. 16, 2010, at 12:55 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:31 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A former University of Maine student pleaded not guilty Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to taking videos of other students showering.

William D. Russell Jr., 19, of Guilford was charged with three counts of invasion of privacy on Nov. 1.

Russell was summoned in connection with the incident after a male resident of York Hall told campus police that while in a shower stall “he looked up and saw an arm holding a black camera with a silver ring on it” over the shower curtain, according to a report by campus police.

Two other men in York Hall also reported being recorded on video without their consent.

When campus police confronted Russell about the alleged recording, he did not deny it, Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said last month. Russell also allegedly told investigators he had not downloaded the footage onto his computer or uploaded it to the Internet, but would not allow police to look at his computer.

District Court Judge E. Mary Kelly ruled that Russell may remain free on personal recognizance bail.

Russell told her Thursday that he has been suspended from the university until fall, when he may apply to be reinstated.

His bail conditions include no contact with the alleged victims and not being on the university campus in Orono.

Russell is next scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 14. If his case is not resolved then, Kelly told him, a jury is scheduled to be selected for a trial on March 7.

If convicted of the misdemeanor charges, Russell faces up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.

Almy has said he would request jail time if Russell is convicted but has not said how much time he would recommend.