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Guilty plea in UBC Okanagan voyeurism case

Kelowna Law Courts. Global News

A man who was charged with voyeurism after being reported for slipping his phone under a bathroom stall at UBC Okanagan and trying to sneak a picture has pleaded guilty.

Sari Siyam pleaded guilty to the charge of voyeurism on Feb.11. He was sentenced to a conditional discharge and placed on probation for 12 months, Dan McLaughlin of the BC Prosecution Service said in an email.

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He was also assigned a $100 victim fine surcharge.

A woman, whose real name is protected by a publication ban because of the sexual nature of the offence, said in a March 2021 interview she was using the gender-neutral washroom at UBC Okanagan in March 2020 when she noticed the camera pointing at her.

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“So instantly I panic and yell pretty loudly,” she said. “And immediately the phone sort of gets lifted up, so at that point, it sort of becomes a bit of a fight-or-flight response.”

The woman said she felt violated and confused.

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She confronted the man when he finally came out of the stall.

Taylor said he denied taking pictures, and she couldn’t find any on his phone.

However, a few days later, she spotted the suspect on campus and called security because she was still disturbed and freaked out about the incident.

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