Police: Hartford man secretly recorded women in UConn Law School bathroom

HARTFORD - A Hartford man was arrested for allegedly videotaping over a dozen women in the unisex bathroom at UConn’s Law School law library.

On October 12 at around 6 a.m., Yiyan Wang, 30, turned himself in to police and was charged with 15 counts of voyeurism, one count of disorderly conduct – which encompasses “peeping tom” incidents in the state of Connecticut – and one count of attempting to commit voyeurism.

On May 13, a woman told police that while she was using the restroom, she saw somebody in another stall use a phone underneath it to record her. She told the person she was going to call police, and the other person left the restroom. She was able to see the pants and shoes he was wearing from under the stall.

On June 21, another woman complained to library staff that there was somebody in another stall of the bathroom for about three hours. Library staff conducted a well-being check and a tall Asian man said he was writing an e-mail to family in China and did not want to lose his internet connection. The woman told library staff that she "always" sees the same person using the middle stall for long periods of time, wearing the same shoes described by the witness from the May 13 incident.

Surveillance video was used to identify Wang, his car and his licence plate, police said. Police suspected Wang's iPhone was wirelessly connected to a laptop. Police later found a laptop in a backpack in his car in the library parking lot.

The iPhone and laptop were seized and a computer forensic exam was conducted. Police found 13 videos of women undressing and using the bathroom in the law library taken in June. There were also five clips of women at workstations  at the law library taken underneath their desks without their knowledge. Additionally, police said, there were  clips of a couple having sex and a woman getting out of a shower, taken without the subjects knowing it. Wang has not been charged in those instances and it's unknown if there is a connection to the crimes at the law school.

Police said they also found similar recordings taken secretly of women at the law library restroom from May of 2013.

According to UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz, Wang is a former student in UConn’s MBA program, but has no known connection to the School of Law.

Wang was held on $250,000 bond and is due in court November 4.