Prosecutor: UNH showering incident, staffer's firing unrelated
DURHAM — An incident involving a female student who claimed a Peeping Tom was trying to photograph her in the shower on the University of New Hampshire campus last week is unrelated to the firing of an athletic staff member over invasion of privacy allegations, a county prosecutor said Tuesday.
Investigators have released few details about the allegations against the part-time staffer from the Athletics Department, but Strafford County Attorney Tom Velardi said the case isn't connected to last week's report of a man holding an iPhone phone camera over a shower stall at Randall Hall.
In a statement released Monday afternoon, the university said administrators learned about the misconduct allegation against the staff member 10 days ago and that it involved student athletes. UNH hasn't identified the staffer, who was placed on leave and then fired.
UNH Police Chief Paul Dean said the latest allegations involve invasion of privacy, but he would not offer specifics.
The university said it's taking the allegations seriously and is cooperating with law enforcement agencies.
Velardi said he's been briefed on the investigation.
"We're trying to get some direction, guidance and support in regard to making sure we have a full grasp off what occurred here," he said.
Authorities are also looking closely into whether incidents may have occurred in different locations and different jurisdictions.
"At this point it appears as though that is a possibility," Velardi said.
Durham Deputy Police Chief Rene Kelly said his department isn't involved in the investigation.
Velardi encouraged anyone with information that may help the investigation to come forward.
"I've seen entire cases get built based on folks picking up the phone and indicating what they have seen and what may have occurred," he said.
The staff member is the second from the Athletics Department to be fired in recent months.
In an unrelated case, women's hockey coach Brian McCloskey was terminated from his job following allegations that he assaulted a female hockey player during a game on Nov. 30.
UNH police and the Strafford County Attorney's Office announced last month that they were investigating an allegation of simple assault between McCloskey and the hockey player; the allegation was not sexual in nature, the university has said.
McCloskey, who is fighting the dismissal, stated in a letter published on Fosters.com that he reached out for the jersey of an uncooperative player at her shoulder and put her on the bench to reprimand her after she yelled and turned her back on him.