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Man under investigation for hidden restroom cameras

Scores of unsuspecting people were filmed in a university’s public toilets in Lappeenranta, eastern Finland.

Saimaan ammattikorkeakoulu
The Saimaa University of Applied Sciences Image: Kare Lehtonen/Yle

Police are reviewing a case in which hidden cameras was used to record footage of people using public toilets at the Saimaa University of Applied Sciences in Lappeenranta, eastern Finland. The cameras were installed in unisex wheelchair-accessible bathrooms on the first and third floors of the main building.

Officials say they have spoken with 150 people about the incident since January, and that they are currently interviewing more than a dozen individuals whom they have identified as victims of the covert filming.

Inspector Saku Tielinen of the Southeast Finland Police Department adds that most of the people that were filmed cannot be recognised in the material.

Once the police have finished the interviews, the case will be transferred to a prosecutor for consideration of charges. The police say the pre-trial investigation should be complete by autumn’s end.

The suspect in the case is a Lappeenranta resident who was born in 1982. He has already confessed to recording people in the restrooms without their knowledge. He says he did not share the footage with anyone else.

11:20 Lead corrected to say "university"

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