UTC student accused of illegal surveillance in campus apartments

UTC student accused of illegal surveillance in campus apartments

March 22nd, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Bernard Morris.

UTC police arrested a student Monday on 13 felony charges - 12 counts of aggravated burglary and one count of aggravated arson, according to a university release.

Bernard "Junior" Morris is accused of planting surveillance equipment in three campus apartments, one in Guerry and two in the Stophel Building, both on South Campus, the release said.

UTC's spring break was last week, and when students in a Guerry apartment returned, they noticed there were items in their apartment that did not belong to them, and they reported the situation to their resident assistant, UTC said. Campus police determined the items housed surveillance cameras.

UTC police said all of the surveillance cameras planted in the apartments have been recovered. The case will continue to be investigated.

The arson charge relates to a Feb. 27 incident on campus when campus police said Morris threw a smoke bomb into the third-floor trash chute of the Stophel Building.

Separate from the criminal investigation, UTC said there will be a student conduct judicial review by the university.

Morris' access to campus will be restricted pending the outcome of the judicial review, according to the release.

UTC police asks campus residents who notice items that have been moved or that do not belong to them to call 425-4357.