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U of U community reacts to discovery of hidden cameras in campus bathrooms

Dec 1, 2022, 3:42 PM | Updated: Jan 5, 2023, 2:44 pm

U of U police captain Brian Lohrke is pictured talking about the hidden cameras found at the U...

University of Utah Police Capt. Brian Lohrke speaks during a press conference on Dec. 1, 2022 in Salt Lake City. (Adam Small, KSL NewsRadio)

(Adam Small, KSL NewsRadio)

SALT LAKE CITY — As the University of Utah Police continue to search for evidence after two hidden cameras were found in campus bathrooms, U of U students and gym-goers are reeling from the news.

Authorities found the cameras on Wednesday in two bathrooms at the U of U Student Life Center, which provides recreational facilities to students on campus.

Katelyn Campbell said she works out at that gym every day and called the news unsettling.

“It’s such a bummer because that should be the one place…that you don’t have to worry.”

Another gymgoer, Brielle Hall also expressed shock at the news.

“Definitely makes me feel pretty uncomfortable knowing that there’s hidden cameras. And I just wonder how long that’s been there and like — I mean if someone put them in the bathrooms here — I wonder if they’ve checked everywhere else.”

In a press conference Thursday morning, U of U Police Department Capt. Brian Lohrke said there was a “concerted effort” to search the rest of the campus for other hidden cameras.

Victims are encouraged to call campus police and to reach out to advocates at the Center for Student Wellness.

Police made an arrest of 32-year-old Frederick William Weitz the same day they found the cameras.

Authorities suspect Weitz of placing the devices in the bathrooms. Police also suspect he impersonated another person in order to gain access to the Student Life Center.

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U of U community reacts to discovery of hidden cameras in campus bathrooms