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Report: Air Force Academy cadet accused of taking photos of women in a campus bathroom

Report: Air Force Academy cadet...

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - A person who is accused of taking photos of women in a bathroom at the United States Air Force Academy is a cadet, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

The Academy confirmed to KRDO NewsChannel 13 that the incident is under investigation, but would not confirm the accused person's identity.

The Gazette reports he is Cadet Sammy Tawakkol, a freshman.

The Academy says it has not yet identified the women in the photos, and it doesn't believe any of the photos were shared with anyone else. In a statement, it says quote "This alleged misconduct represents a severe, unacceptable deviation from our core values. The Academy is committed to fostering a culture and climate of respect, and in instances such as this we ensure victims receive the attentive, compassionate care they deserve and perpetrators are held accountable after receiving the appropriate due process."

The Academy says it is encouraging victims to come forward so that they can receive care and help with the investigation. It says the accused no longer has access to public restrooms on campus.

Tawakkol is currently being held at the Teller County Jail on behalf of the Air Force. 

Tawakkol already faces charges for an incident that happened in Texas a few weeks ago. 

According to a probable cause statement out of College Station, Texas, Tawakkol was attending a Rubik's Cube competition when a woman reported that he used a cell phone to take video of her while she was using the bathroom. 

He was released on bond for those charges on March 13th. 

 


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