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UIC Student Secretly Filmed Women Swimmers' Locker Room, Prosecutors Say

By Stephen Gossett in News on Mar 31, 2017 9:42PM

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A UIC freshman at least twice filmed members of the university's women's swim team as they undressed in their locker room, prosecutors said on Friday, according to reports.

On Feb 2, Joseph Dalesandro, a 19-year-old member of the men's swim team, propped an iPhone in a small nook where the ceiling meets the wall in women's locker room, which is adjacent to the men's, Cook County prosecutors said on Friday at a bond court hearing. Dalesdandro's attorney argued that the recording was a prank, however foul. But the freshman was ordered held in lieu of $50,000.

Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Carlson said that Dalesandro signed a confession in which he admitted he had twice placed his camera in a gap after scaling lockers on the men's side wall, according to reports.

Carslon told the court that Dalesandro initially recorded women for about three minutes on Feb. 2, but then put the phone back in the hiding place later that day and filmed for roughly 45 minutes. The filming was only stopped after one of the women heard laughing from the direction of the men's locker room, climbed the wall and discovered Dalesandro's phone. She handed it over to campus police who got a search warrant and were able to access the material, Carlson reportedly said.