Saint Mary's employee accused of voyeurism bonds out

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A Saint Mary's College employee bonded out of jail after being arrested for spying on women in a campus bathroom.

David Summerfield, 73, was taken into custody and is now under investigation by the St. Joseph County Special Victim's Unit.

On Monday, another employee reported that Summerfield was spying on students in a bathroom Le Mans Hall.

Saint Mary's officials say Summerfield admitted to the crime when they confronted him.

He has not yet been formally charged.

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Saint Mary's employee David Summerfield, 73, has been fired and arrested for voyeurism at the school.

The school said that on Monday, a Saint Mary’s College employee reported the suspicious behavior of a co-worker who may have been observing students who were in a restroom in Le Mans Hall. Superiors immediately confronted the employee about the allegation. He admitted to the behavior. Within two hours of the initial report, the employee was suspended without pay and escorted off campus.

Saint Mary's said it has now terminated the employee.

College officials notified the St. Joseph County Special Victims Unit, which began an immediate police investigation on Monday and arrested Summerfield on Tuesday.

Saint Mary's College President Carol Ann Mooney notified students, parents, faculty, and staff about the situation on Tuesday.

“The safety, privacy, and security of our students are our primary concerns," Mooney said in an email to the college community. "This type of behavior is repugnant and Saint Mary’s College will not tolerate it. As soon as this was reported to us, we acted swiftly to remove the person from campus. We have taken measures that prevent anyone else from being able to spy into restrooms. In addition, we are evaluating all space on campus to ensure privacy.”

The president invited students, faculty, and staff to an assembly this afternoon to address concerns. The meeting just concluded. Students who need services or support in dealing with this news will have counseling available through Women’s Health and Campus Ministry. The Residence Life staff is also on hand to provide assistance.


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