UFPD identifies suspect who recorded victim in dorm shower in December

The UF Police Department issued a to guarantee Wednesday for a man who used a cell phone to record a student in a Murphree Hall shower.

Deontre Donnell Mason, 24, was arrested and released on $10,000 bond Dec. 7 after officers from the University of Central Florida Police Department arrested him, according to a police report.

Mason has been banned from all UF properties, including UF Health, according to UF alert Timely warning. The UPD worked with the UCFPD to identify the suspect in the video voyeurism case.

Clery law requires UF to send timely warning messages across campus.

UPD received a call December 2 that a woman may have been filmed while in the Murphree Hall shower, but the caller was unable to describe the suspect. The police department believes Mason did not have lawful access to the building, according to the UF Alert warning.

UCF had a similar incident on its campus November 29. Mason confessed to recording the victim above the cubicle divider in a bathroom, according to a police report. He was also banned from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2020 for wandering in the women’s dormitory, according to the report.

Mason had no affiliation with UCF, PBAU or UF.

During the investigation, UCFPD found videos regarding Mason’s phone, which they traced to Gainesville and UF.

“That started our investigation of Mason,” UPD Sergeant Chad Holway wrote in an email.

The UPD identified Mason using a Facebook photo of him holding his blue iPhone with a black case, as described by the victim.

During the investigation, law enforcement discovered that Mason had additional videos of unknown victims on the UF campus.

The UPD is asking anyone who believes they have been filmed without their permission between 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on December 2 in the Murphree Hall or Library West area to contact them at (352) 392-1111 or use the UFPD silent witness link.

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The UPD encourages all students to allow only themselves into the residence halls and to close the door behind them. No one should be allowed access without a key fob, Holway wrote.

“If you approach a door and you see someone standing outside the door waiting to be let in, and you don’t want to let that person in,” Holway said, “Go use another door, or contact your RA or Police Department.”

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Lily Kino

Lily Kino is a sophomore journalism major covering Santa Fe. When she’s not writing, Lily takes nature walks or swims with her goldendoodle, George.

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