Student, 19, Secretly Took 51,000 Photos and Videos of Women in Bathrooms and CVS: Cops
A student at a Philadelphia university has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies, according to prosecutors who allege the teen took upskirt videos of women and hid cameras in public restrooms to amass thousands of illicit images.
Officials in Delaware County say part-time Villanova student Vincent Kane took the images and videos in campus bathrooms as well as at a CVS where he worked.
According to a criminal complaint filed today in Commonwealth Court, a female Villanova student reported finding a cell phone in a campus unisex bathroom, which she took to campus police.
When questioned by police, Kane admitted placing the phone in the bathroom and told detectives that he had masturbated to the illicit videos, reports Philadelphia Magazine.
When police searched Kane's home, they reportedly found a hard drive that contained tens of thousands of images and videos, many of which Kane told them he took over the course of about two years.
"An examination of the hard drive found more than 51,000 images and videos of individuals surreptitiously recorded including videos captured in a Villanova classroom and a local high school," the Delaware County District Attorney's Office said in a release.
The statement said: "Many of the videos included audio and captured video of multiple victims. Many of the videos depicted 'up-skirt' images taken at the CVS store where Kane worked, ranging from June 2015 to as recent as Sept. 19. 2016."
Police say they found hundreds of images taken by Kane of a girl who appeared to be around age 12. They reportedly also found child pornography on the drive, including one of an infant being inappropriately touched.
Kane was arrested and charged with felonies including possession of child pornography, sexual abuse of children, criminal use of a communication facility, and intercepting communications.
"For his own sexual gratification, Vincent Kane surreptitiously recorded countless victims, including his fellow students, violating and breaching their personal security which can never be restored. If convicted, Kane faces prison time and Megan’s Law registration," D.A. Jack Whelan said in a release.