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University of Arkansas Student Caleb Kordsmeier Charged with Tweeting Locker Room Photos

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A University of Arkansas student is charged with two counts of video voyeurism after allegedly posting photos of men changing in the school locker room to his anonymous Twitter account.

Caleb Kordsmeier, 22, reportedly used the Twitter account to make fun of students and faculty who work out at the University of Arkansas’ Health, Physical Education and Recreation center, or HPER building by posting embarrassing pictures of them.

Kordsmeier was taken into custody by university police Tuesday after they investigated the Twitter account @HPERprobsUARK, which they believe belongs to Kordsmeier.

“A patron of the facilities of the HPER building reported it [the Twitter account] to staff members of the HPER building, who then contacted police,” said Lt. Gary Crain of the University of Arkansas Police Department.

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Identifying people in the photographs led police to Kordsmeier.

“There were quite a few photos on there and, actually, one of the investigators knew a person who was photographed,” said Crain.

“Some of the pictures are actually posed with full knowledge and agreement. The ones that are done within … the men’s locker room were the ones in violation."

Police did not describe the locker room pictures, only saying that men were in the process of undressing.

Kordsmeier, a community health promotion major, was interrogated in January, but was not served a warrant for his arrest on felony charges until Tuesday. He was taken to Washington County Sheriff’s office and held on $2,500 bond. He attended his bond hearing and is expected to appear in court April 8.

While he did not respond to ABC’s calls for comment, posts have appeared on the @HPERprobsUARK twitter feed asking followers of the account to “Write the judge and [prosecutor] a letter with your concerns if you feel inclined.”

“Yes. I’ve already been punished from school and doing everything I can to make up for it. I’ve cooperated 150%,” @HPERprobsUARK, which is "private" and requires approval in order to follow, also tweeted.

Scott Flanagin, the director of communications for the Division of Student Affairs at U of A said, “In a case like this, we have our own student conduct office within the division of student affairs. Any violation of the student conduct code will be brought to the office and looked at.”

“I think it is a very serious offense,” Flanagin added, “but I don’t really know if that could lead up to an expulsion or suspension, where the student would have to meet certain requirements to get back to school.”

Source: ABC News