A former professor for San Francisco State University is being accused of invasion of privacy over allegations that he secretly filmed students who were using the bathroom at his home.
Mark Landis, 38, of San Francisco was arrested Wednesday and charged with 15 misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.
Landis is no longer a member of the faculty, having resigned July 18, according to SFSU spokeswoman Adrianne Bee.
The former accounting professor is alleged to have invited over several current and former students from SFSU and the University of San Francisco, among others, for a party and secretly filmed them while they used the bathroom, Bastian said.
The investigation into Landis began last November, according to court records. Prior to the investigation, a student reportedly at Landis’ San Francisco home for a party went to use the bathroom. Once inside, he noticed a tissue box that seemed to have a flashing light coming from underneath it. He looked under the box and found a camera. The student reportedly took the memory card from the camera.
He examined the contents of the memory card and saw that there were many instances of guests being filmed in the bathroom.
Landis is currently out of custody on $100,000 bail. He is scheduled to return to court July 29.
District Attorney George Gascon said he found the allegations, if true, disturbing.
“It’s pretty egregious conduct,” Gascon said, and that if the allegations hold up, he continued, it’s a violation of trust between student and teacher.
The complaint filed Wednesday lists 15 alleged victims, and the District Attorney’s Office said there might be more.
Anyone who may have witnessed an incident or may have been victimized is encouraged to call the Police Department’s Special Victims Unit at (415) 553-1521, Gascon said, or the District Attorney’s Office at (415) 553-1751.