Police warn UH Manoa students of male taking unwanted photos on campus

Police warn UH Manoa students of male taking unwanted photos on campus
Bus stop near the University of Hawaii's Sinclair Library
Bus stop near the University of Hawaii's Sinclair Library

MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii at Manoa is warning students of a voyeur on campus.

The university's Department of Public Safety said an unknown male is taking pictures of women at a variety of campus locations, including the bus stop near Sinclair Library.

More than 100 young women have been photographed and exploited without even knowing it.

It's unclear if it's illegal because the women are clothed and in public spaces.  But the pictures are being posted to a pornographic website where users post vulgar and sexual comments.

Chaslene Halog, a senior at UH, saw herself on that website on Monday.

"I remembered a couple days before, I saw a guy at the bus stop taking pictures of people.  He was holding his phone up in a strange angle...I turned around because I felt really uncomfortable," Halog said.

"I felt so violated!  I've never had that happen to me before.  I'm from a really small community, I'm from Kauai, and I was just like what is going on?!  Who does this kind of thing?!" she said.

The man has posted files of 140 women identified as UH Manoa students.  Most files include dozens of photos and the website has links to other pornographic websites.

The one uploading the photos, who remains anonymous on the website, includes filthy comments and encourages others to do the same.

"Honestly, that really scared me because I take this bus literally like every day and night so that's kind of scary to come off class and know that someone secretly taking photos of us," Ally Mensinger, a senior at UH.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa issued an alert on Monday after they received several reports of the man taking unwanted photos of young women.

The university's spokesman Dan Meisenzahl says campus security isn't sure if the voyeur is a student, but if he is, it could result in expulsion.

"The Office of the General Counsel is looking into this and seeing what we can do legally as far as what's happening on campus and are happening on the outskirts of campus at least in a lot of the incidences, and also in regards to the website.  So we're not giving up on our legal means at all, were seeing if there is something that can be done," Meisenzahl said.

The male is described as:

  • Ethnicity: Asian
  • Age: mid-20's
  • Height: 5'8" - 5'9"
  • Hair: Black
  • Build: Medium
  • Clothing: Beige/tan windbreaker jacket, khakis, bulky bag

The DPS is seeking the community's assistance in both identifying this man, and any of the young women who may have been targets. Anyone with tips or information is being asked to call DPS at (808) 956-6911 or Honolulu police at 911.

Late Monday, the photos were apparently all removed from the site. There is still no suspect in custody.

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