ITHACA, N.Y. – A 34-year-old student has been accused of placing a hidden camera in the bathroom of a Cornell women’s dormitory, according to a news release.


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Jae Seok Lee, a citizen of South Korea, faces charges of two counts of second-degree unlawful surveillance, a class E felony.

An arrest warrant for Lee’s arrest was issued May 21 in Ithaca City Court; Lee left the country in July 2014, the news release said.

The charges, announced on Friday, are the result of a year-long investigation by the Cornell University Police Department.

The camera was discovered in the women’s dormitory bathroom on May 16, 2014. In March 2015, Cornell police released photos and a video of someone placing the camera in the bathroom. The images and video were extracted from the camera by the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center’s Computer Crime Unit.

“In response to the image and video releases, Cornell Police received a number of tips from the community, which were instrumental in identifying Lee,” a news release said.

The image released by Cornell:

The photo released by Cornell police.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.