NIC professor accused of spying on male roommate, girlfriend with hidden camera in bathroom

A North Idaho College chemistry professor now sits behind bars accused of installing a cellphone behind a wall to record his male roommate and the roommates girlfriend change naked.

Jonathan Downing is now suspended and trespassed from North Idaho College.

Before any charges were brought forward by the Coeur d'Alene Police Department, NIC says Downing was already the subject of a Title IX investigation.

Downing made his first court appearance Thursday afternoon, less than 24 hours after he was asked to come to the police department.

The allegations against Downing that he was secretly recording the two victims are believed to have started in the fall of 2017.

According to court documents, Downing and the male victim knew each other since the victim was 15 and taking chemistry classes at NIC.

The victim told police that he knew Downing was gay and that Downing would make sexual comments towards him even though he was straight.

Documents say the victim had no problem still having a friendship with him.

Downing would extend invitations for the victim to stay at Downing's Nettleton Gulch home from time to time, documents say, and most notably when the victim returned home from college.

It was on Sunday when the victim noticed pictures and videos of his genitals saved on Downing's computer, documents say.

When the victim went to delete the pictures, he found a folder with his name on it and inside were more pictures and videos, documents say.

Police say a small hole was found above the toilet in the master bathroom where a camera on the other side was placed.

The victim told police that there were other folders with names that contained pictures and videos of other possible victims, documents say.

Downing shook his head as the charges were read aloud in court Thursday.

His bond was set at $35,000 and was told not to have any contact with the victims.

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