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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Man who recorded victim in UF dorm shower in December released on probation

He served 81 days in the Alachua County Jail.

The man caught recording a female student in a UF Murphree Hall shower was released from the Alachua County Jail Friday afternoon.

Deontre Mason, a 25-year-old Illinois resident, was arrested in Carterville, Illinois, on nine counts of video voyeurism from the UF Police Department June 22. He was brought back to Gainesville where he served 81 days in the Alachua County Jail, according to court records.

Mason was released from jail Friday afternoon, but will be electronically monitored for two years and on probation for at least three years, court records show.

UFPD received a call Dec. 2, 2021, from a woman who thought she was being recorded in her Murphree Hall shower. She saw a blue iPhone pointed at her while undressing in the bathroom, she said. The caller, however, was unable to identify the suspect.

Just days earlier, Mason confessed to recording a victim over the stall divider in a bathroom at the University of Central Florida, according to police reports. He was banned from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2020 for wandering a female dormitory.

Mason had no affiliation with UCF, PBAU or UF, police said.

UCFPD obtained a search warrant soon after for Mason’s phone and submitted it to a forensic laboratory for examination, where investigators found 37 videos he had taken in UF’s Murphree and Library West area.

The videos showed 18 different women in bathroom stalls, showers and stairwells, according to court records.

Mason may transfer his probation to Orlando and must complete a psycho-sexual evaluation and mental-health evaluation within 30 days of release, records show. He’s also forbidden to make any contact with any colleges or universities.

Contact Lily Kino at lkino@alligator.org. Follow her on Twitter @lily_kino.

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Lily Kino

Lily is a third-year journalism major with a concentration in environmental science covering criminal justice for The Alligator. Last semester, she served as the Santa Fe reporter. When she's not writing, you can find Lily on a nature walk, eating Domino's Pizza or spending time with her friends.


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