UF veterinary prof accused of secretly videotaping students


Published: Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3:41 p.m.

A University of Florida veterinary professor was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of video voyeurism for allegedly using a camera pen to secretly record images of the bodies of students on campus, according to an arrest report by the University Police Department.

Don A. Samuelson, 65, of 6415 NW 56th Lane, was charged with several counts of video voyeurism of someone age 19 or older.

UPD police Chief Linda Stump on Saturday said the investigation is continuing.

UF spokeswoman Janine Sikes said Samuelson is on administrative leave.

"In a situation such as this one with serious allegations, the appropriate action to pursue would be termination," Sikes said, adding that part of the ongoing investigation involves whether other women may have been video-recorded.

The arrest report lists three incidents from April through Aug. 30 in which Samuelson is accused of using a camera pen with an integrated thumb drive to record images of areas of women's chests and thighs.

One of the women became aware of the recording as it was occurring on Aug. 30, police reported.

Samuelson confessed to the allegations, the report states, saying he did it for his amusement, entertainment, sexual arousal or gratification.

The camera pen was seized from Samuelson's office by police with a search warrant.

In an incident around April 10, Samuelson pointed the camera pen toward the woman's chest in the V-neck of her shirt, police said. Around June 6, Samuelson is accused of recording images of an area of a woman's chest. On Aug. 30, the report alleges, he recorded images of a woman's chest and her upper inner thighs.

Videos of the incidents were stored on the thumb drive, UPD said. Samuelson's face and voice were also recorded in several of the videos on the thumb drive, police reported.

The camera pen thumb drive also had several other videos of women working in Samuelson's lab or meeting with him in his office.

The camera pen was found near other thumb drives that contained pornographic images, the report states.

Samuelson admitted using the camera pen and said he was attempting to gather proof that one of the women was not wearing undergarments, the report states.

A UF College of Veterinary Medicine webpage for Samuelson may have been taken down as of Saturday afternoon — a "page not found" message comes up and a link to it from a faculty list has a line through his name.

Samuelson's entry on the faculty list gave his expertise as comparative ocular anatomy, glaucoma, veterinary histology, marine mammal anatomy and health-related studies.

A Samuelson profile on another UF website lists his interests as "comparative anatomy and physiology of most organ systems of the body, with special emphasis on those structures associated with marine mammals."

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