A former Texas A&M University Transportation Services employee was arrested Thursday on allegations he hid a video camera inside a women’s restroom.
According to authorities, Peter David Baty, 54, is accused of placing a small device that appeared to be a phone charger in a single-toilet restroom at the Transit Building on Agronomy Road. The restroom is mainly used by employees working in the building, officials said.
Officers with Texas A&M University police were dispatched to the building last week after an investigation into another matter led to the discovery of video footage of Baty repeatedly going into the women’s restroom in the early morning over the course of several weeks, a report notes. Further investigation led to the discovery of the device, which police said contained a micro SD card and had a spy camera lens.
Upon further investigation of the device, authorities discovered almost 800 videos of at least 20 different people, a report states.
Authorities said a search warrant was executed on Baty’s vehicle and home, where operating instructions for a spy camera was located, as well as an external hard drive that contained 57 gigabytes worth of videos and two GBs of photographs.
Texas A&M officials said Baty has not been at work since the incident was discovered and was scheduled to return Thursday. However, Baty resigned from his position Wednesday.
“We will not tolerate invasions of privacy against members of our campus community,” said Texas A&M President Michael K. Young. “Not only is this behavior a criminal act but it is also deeply counter to the values we hold dear at Texas A&M University. We are fully cooperating with authorities.”
It is not immediately clear how long the camera was under the sink, officials said.
Baty is charged with improper photography or video in a bathroom or dressing room, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in a state jail. He is being held in the Brazos County Jail, where bond had not been set late Thursday.
Police are asking anyone who thinks they may have been recorded but have not yet been contacted by authorities to email a name and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org and a detective will respond.
Texas A&M is offering counseling services to those impacted by the situation. Employees may call the Employee Assistance Program at 888-993-7650 or visit employees.tamu.edu/eap/appointments. To report sexual misconduct, visit upd.tamu.edu/SiteCollectionDocuments/ResourcesRightsOptions_Students.pdf.
The incident remains under investigation.