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A year later, no charges in taping at ASU locker room

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Posted: Friday, May 6, 2005 11:17 am | Updated: 8:13 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

May 6, 2005

It’s been a year since a man dressed as a woman videotaped members of the ASU women’s swim team in their locker room, but charges still haven’t been filed against the arrested suspect.

Arizona State University police forwarded the case to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in September for possible prosecution for burglary and surreptitious videotaping. The county attorney’s office returned the matter to ASU police for further investigation last month, said police Cmdr. Mark Roberts.

ASU police have yet to interview all of the swim team members involved in the incident, said ASU director of media relations Manny Romero. Some may have graduated.

According to an ASU police report, a man videotaped an undisclosed number of women at 8:30 a.m. either April 15 or 16, 2004, at ASU’s Mona Plummer Aquatic Complex. A swim team member showering saw a man wrapped in towels with long, blond hair — later believed to be a wig — holding a video camera. The woman screamed, then yelled at the man, who fled.

Another swimmer in the locker room chased the man and yelled "Stop him!" A men’s swim team member heard her and took up the chase. The man eventually ducked behind a gray Chevrolet pickup truck. When the swimmer approached the truck, he noticed the man’s hair had changed to short and black, but he had no video camera. The swimmer caught the man and asked him for the camera, but the man said he didn’t have it anymore. The swimmer then ordered the man to strip to his underwear.

The swimmer let the man go and returned to the pickup, where he was joined by other swim team members, who flagged down ASU police. A blond

wig and a video camera were seen inside the truck, which police later towed.

At 2 p.m., the man called ASU police and reported his truck had been stolen or towed from a different parking lot, the report said. ASU police arrested the man on four outstanding warrants from Phoenix.

Information about the current status of the man — who was about 25 last year — could not be obtained Thursday.

ASU swim coach Mike Chasson did not return calls left at his office.

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