Accounting Professor Mark Landis has been arrested in a bizarre alleged crime where the San Francisco State University and University of San Francisco professor taped students using his San Francisco apartment’s bathroom.
It was a male student who found a camera hidden in a tissue box on the toilet and went to police. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon is quoted as saying that the camera was positioned to point “directly at their genitals.” Investigators say that they identified 15 people who were videotaped. What is interesting is that each of those videos was charged as a misdemeanor and Landis was released on $100,000 bond.
Landis resigned from San Francisco State last week. Such resignations are often advisable to prevent parallel investigations where prosecutors can use material generate in the university proceedings (without the benefit of constitutional criminal procedures). One interesting question will be whether any students will sue the university under a claim that they failed to supervise Landis or failed to act on some prior indicator of misconduct.