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Man arrested, faces voyeurism charges after incident at BCIT campus

Last Updated Jul 17, 2018 at 9:39 am PDT

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Summary

Students and staff at BCIT Burnaby campus received a warning about voyeurism

Students detained a man until police arrived; suspect faces voyeurism charges

This isn't the first case of suspected voyeurism at BCIT's campus

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – A man has been arrested in relation to a case of voyeurism at BCIT’s Burnaby campus Monday afternoon.

The school sent out a release on Monday, warning students and staff about the incident. According to the release, an unknown man was seen using a cellphone to take pictures in a women’s washroom.

“RCMP were immediately notified, attended campus, and arrested the male suspect who is currently under police custody,” read the statement.

On Tuesday, Mounties say a woman apparently saw a man taking the photos and confronted him. The man is said to have pushed the woman, then tried to run away.

“The male was detained by other students until police arrived and was taken into custody without incident,” reads a news release from Burnaby RCMP.

The 48-year-old man from Langley faces charges of voyeurism and assault.

The school is asking anyone who sees suspicious behaviour on BCIT premises to come forward.

BCIT’s Burnaby campus (Simon Druker, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Back in November, 2015, Chieh Sen Yang was arrested, charged with secretly observing or recording nudity in a private place.

However, students at BCIT were not notified about the incident until February, 2016. Students expressed concern that they weren’t told about the case sooner.

Yang pleaded guilty later in 2016.

CityNews Vancouver spoke with some students on campus this morning about how they feel the school handled the most recent case, in comparison to the one a few years ago.

“It seems like they’re taking it seriously. I’m glad that they’ve taken action right away,” says one student.

“It was instant. It was really good. That means they’re on top of thing. Obviously, somebody reported it and the RCMP reacted accordingly, which is good,” says another.

 

-With files from Hana Mae Nassar, Simon Druker and David Zura