Why has he been arrested. Isn’t this simply a lifestyle choice that we must accept?
An accounting professor who taught at both San Francisco State and the University of San Francisco was arrested Wednesday for allegedly filming friends and former and current students as they used the restroom in his San Francisco home.
Mark Landis, 38, was charged with 15 misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy.
The investigation began in November, according to court documents, when one guest found a camera hidden in a tissue box on a toilet in Landis’ home in the Castro, according to court documents.
The houseguest removed the memory card from the camera. When he watched it, he recognized himself and friends caught on video using the toilet. The camera had been positioned to film the genital region of men facing the toilet to urinate, authorities said.
The men brought the memory card to the police.
One of the victims told The Chronicle that Landis was friendly, open and fun-loving with not just his friends but also his students and co-workers. Landis had turned his home into a weekend party hub, the victim said.
“He was just the person that would host, and it was a safe place to go to,” said the man, whom The Chronicle is not identifying. “We basically hung out every single weekend for about two years, and we always hung out at his house because he always had a lot of alcohol.”
When the man and his friends realized that they had been filmed, they immediately cut ties with Landis.
“It’s scarred all of us,” the man said. “This was a close friend of ours. We could open up to him. He was a mature figure we could chat with and have conversations with. He always seemed like a nice guy, but now we’re wondering if he was just nice to us so we would invite more friends over.”