CHRISTIANSBURG — Accusations that a Virginia Tech student put disguised cameras in the bathrooms of two university buildings ended Thursday in an agreement to perform community service and continue counseling sessions.
Andrew O. Wildman, 19, of Falls Church will be found guilty of trespassing instead of unauthorized filming of a nude person, according to a plea agreement that Assistant Comonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Wolz presented in Montgomery County General District Court. Wildman entered a plea of not guilty to the nude filming charge but agreed that the evidence was sufficient to convict him.
According to university news releases, Wildman was arrested in February after the discovery of two video cameras, one disguised to look like a USB charger and the other like a coat hook, were discovered in public bathrooms on campus.
After Thursday’s hearing, Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt wrote in an email that the recording devices were found in bathrooms in the Newman Library and Eggleston Hall. Wildman confessed to investigators that he bought the cameras on Ebay and put them in the bathrooms about a week before they were found.
In court, Judge Jerry Mabe took the case under advisement for a year, telling Wildman that to receive the trespassing conviction he must complete 100 hours of community service, continue counseling sessions and avoid further criminal charges. Wildman will be on active supervision through the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program, Mabe said.
The judge said he would review the case in April 2020 to see if Wildman had complied with the agreement.
Wildman was a general engineering major, according to the Tech website. University spokesman Mark Owczarski said Thursday that Wildman is no longer a student at Tech.
Defense attorney John Robertson of Blacksburg declined to comment on the case after the hearing.