A freshman swimmer at the University of Illinois – Chicago is charged with recording video of his female teammates changing clothes in a team locker room.
19-year-old Joseph Dalesandro signed a confession admitting that he attempted to record video of the women undressing, according to the Chicago Tribune. He’s currently banned from the UIC Physical Education Building and was ordered to be held on $50,000 bail.
Prosecutors say Dalesandro used a gap between a wall and the ceiling in the men’s locker room to record the women. Per The Tribune‘s report, prosecutors allege Dalesandro climbed on top of a locker in the men’s locker room and put his phone on top of the wall to record two members of the women’s team as they changed into swimsuits. Prosecutors say that video was three minutes long. Then they also allege that Dalesandro returned to the gap in the wall two hours later and left his phone recording video for about 45 minutes. That second video allegedly captured the same two women along with two more teammates changing. The women are reported to be between the ages of 19 and 20.
DNA Info Chicago reports that one of the women heard laughter from the men’s locker room and spotted the phone when she looked up towards the gap. The women grabbed the phone and reported the incident to their coach. The coach called campus police. The ensuing investigation found the phone to be registered to Dalesandro and his mother and was logged into UIC’s campus wireless network under Dalesandro’s username while the videos were being recorded.
This whole incident took place on February 2nd. Dalesandro was arrested on Thursday, March 30. The Chicago Tribune reports that Dalesandro signed a confession “admitting he had tried to capture the video of the women naked.” NDA Info Chicago reports that Dalesandro “confessed to making the videos” and that the Assistant State Attorney said Dalesandro “stated he knew what he had done was illegal.”
The Tribune reports that Dalesandro’s lawyer termed the incident as “a tasteless prank that went nowhere,” and said Dalesandro didn’t share the video after recording it. Dalesandro is charged with a felony account of unauthorized video recording.