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Man arrested in Mugar taking inappropriate pictures of students

Boston University Police Department officials arrested a man not affiliated with BU in Mugar Memorial Library Monday night for photographing female BU students, officials said.

The suspect was a 37-year old white male, BUPD Deputy Director of Public Safety Scott Paré said. BUPD declined to release the suspect’s name.

Paré said BUPD received reports from students of an unknown male taking inappropriate pictures of female students seated at desks on the third floor at around 9:15 p.m.

Paré said officers were able to make the arrest without causing a large disturbance. The suspect was arrested for secret photographic and electronic surveillance.

“Because of what was going on, we had a couple of officers in plain clothes,” Paré said. “The officers in plain clothes went to the third floor while uniformed officers were on the ground floor.”

Paré said the suspect began to get up and leave when plainclothes officers arrived and the officers escorted him down to the ground floor and placed him under arrest.

“We were able to access his phone and there were a number of pictures of females in the library,” he said. “The pictures were of an inappropriate nature. He just took these pictures while sitting in the area, as far as we can see, but he may have walked by at some point.”

The suspect was released on bail and will be arraigned Tuesday in Roxbury District Court, Paré said.

The suspect is banned from BU property, Paré said.

“If he sets foot on BU property, he is subject to arrest,” he said. “His picture is up, officers are aware [of what he looks like].”

Paré said officers do not believe there is a connection between this incident and a string of assaults in the Ashford Street area, in which a male suspect pushed female students to the ground and took pictures under their skirts.

Between Sept. 23 and Oct. 28, there were five reported incidents. BUPD issued an alert to raise awareness on Nov. 6.

Paré said the description of the suspect in the string of Ashford Street assaults was consistently a younger Hispanic male. The suspect arrested Monday in Mugar was a 37-year old white male.

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