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Coeur d'Alene PD arrest North Idaho College professor for voyeurism

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - UPDATE: Downing's bond was set at $35,000 in court Thursday, and also stipulates a no contact order with his alleged victims.



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Coeur d'Alene Police say they have arrested a North Idaho College Chemistry professor on two felony counts of Video Voyeurism.

Jonathan Adam Downing, 35, was called to the CDA Police Department for questioning when his roommate, a former student at the college, called police to tell them he found a hidden video camera in a shared bathroom.

Police say the room mate became suspicious he was being recorded, and quickly discovered a "pinhole" type camera hidden in the wall. The camera was connected to a laptop behind the wall. The victim told police he soon searched a shared computer, and discovered recordings taken at various times. Police say those recordings show both the male and a female victim in the bathroom without clothing.

According to court documents, the roommate met Downing when he was 15. He had been allowed to stay at the home on and off for years, and rent free.

Detectives contacted Downing, who agreed to an interview. They say he admitted to intentionally placing the camera to record the male while he used the bathroom, but did not intentionally record the woman. 

Coeur d'Alene Police say they are actively investigating the incident, and would like to talk to anyone who has lived or spent time at Downing's home in the past several years. 

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