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11:17 PM, Sep 21, 2013   |    comments
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. --  A University of Florida police report says a veterinary professor at the university has admitted to using a camera pen to videotape two female students' underwear after being arrested Friday. 

According to UF's police department, on two separate occasions in April professor Don A. Samuelson allegedly used an imaging device to secretly view and record under a student's shirt.

According to police, Samuelson pointed the pen towards the gap between the female student's chest and the v-neck of her shirt.

In June, Samuelson allegedly targeted another student, aiming the camera pen down her cleavage.

In August, he allegedly targeted the same June victim, this time when he pointed the pen up her skirt, the victim noticed he was videotaping, according to the report.

The camera pen containing multiple pornographic images was allegedly found in Samuelson's office Sept. 9. by university police, and he admitted it was his.

The pen had an integrated USB thumb drive where the videos were stored, according to police. 

"He was placed on administrative leave as soon as the university learned of the allegations against him and he is prohibited from campus," said Janine Sikes Assistant Vice President of Media Relations at UF.

Also on various thumb drives recovered by police were videos of several other females working in Samuelson's lab or meeting with him in his office. 

When interviewed by police, Samuelson claimed he was attempting to gather proof that one of the women was not wearing undergarments because he thought it was inappropriate, according to the report. 

"In situations of a serious nature such as the allegations in this case, the appropriate course of action is termination," said Sikes.

Samuelson, a tenured professor at UF, was bonded out of Alachaua County Jail Saturday night. 

He faces two counts of video voyeurism of a 19-year-old or older, a third degree felony. 

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