PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A former PCC teacher is accused of hiding a camera in a campus bathroom.
In October 2016, a PCC Rock Creek student found the camera and reported it to staff. Investigators found the camera hidden under the sink, pointed at the toilet area of a gender neutral bathroom.
“Pretty early on we had a good idea who was responsible for this,” Deputy Mark Povolny with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.
Matthew Constantino was immediately placed on leave and when detectives searched his Scappoose home, they found evidence including “up-skirt” videos filmed off campus.
Several victims who appeared on the video without their knowledge were identified, but many others may not even know they were victims.
“Unfortunately, just because of the nature of this kind of crime, we might not always know if it’s zoomed in or these kind of up-skirt photos that people are familiar with, we’re not always sure who the victims are,” Povolny said.
A PCC official told KOIN 6 News Constantino was employed as a geography instructor from August until January 2017, but he was on leave during the investigation.
“The very first day this report came to light, he was place on leave right away and the camera was seized that day,” Polvolny said. “There were no other victims or any other activity that we’re aware of after that very first day.”
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said 39-year-old Constantino was charged with invasion of personal privacy on April 14, 2017. He was booked into the jail but released until his May 5 court appearance. The District Attorney’s Office will be filing more charges.
PCC students and faculty were shocked by Constantino’s actions.
KOIN 6 News reporters Andrew Dymburt and Brent Weisberg contributed to this report.