student charged, video equipment found in men’s restroom |

LEWISBURG — A Bucknell University student has been charged with a breach of privacy after video equipment was found in the men’s restroom on campus.

Matthew Nowell, 21, of New Jersey, was arraigned at the office of Lewisburg District Judge Jeffrey Rowe on Tuesday afternoon facing 44 charges of invasion of privacy. Court documents also say Bucknell University Public Safety was alerted by a New Jersey detective he was being investigated for alleged child pornography.

Bucknell Chairman John Bravman said in an email Tuesday that the charges were filed Oct. 21. Bravman says the equipment was found in the men’s room at Uptown nightclub at Swartz Hall.

The suspect was immediately arrested and is no longer allowed on campus. According to the office of Lewisburg District Judge Jeffrey Rowe, the suspect was arraigned Tuesday afternoon.

Bravman says initial forensic analysis indicates that no video files were shared with third parties or other people. The equipment is believed to have been in use since January 2021. Bravman says anyone who may have been recorded can call a special helpline at 570-577-2222. Those identified in the images will be contacted by Public Safety and counseling services are also available.

Bravman says public safety is closely coordinated with the Union County District Attorney’s Office and other law enforcement agencies.

See the full email below.

Dear students, teachers and staff,

I am writing to inform you that on October 21, Public Safety charged a Bucknell student with a privacy breach after finding video material in the men’s room of Uptown nightclub at Swartz Hall. The suspect was immediately arrested and is no longer allowed on campus. The initial investigation indicates that no video files were shared with third parties or other people.

The video equipment is believed to have been in use since January 2021. Anyone who thinks he may have been recorded in the Uptown men’s restroom since then can call a special helpline at 570-577-2222. The people identified in the video footage will be contacted by Public Security.

Counseling services are available for any member of the campus community who requests assistance. Students should contact the Counseling & Student Development Center at 570-577-1604; faculty and staff can reach an Employee Assistance Program counselor at 866-799-2728. University chaplains for the Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim communities are also available to assist and can be reached by calling 570-577-1592 or visiting 109 Rooke Chapel.

Next steps

Bucknell Public Safety is coordinating closely with the Union County District Attorney and other law enforcement agencies, and will continue to conduct its investigation with urgency and respect for the privacy of victims. The announcement was made at that time due to the scale and complexity of the investigation. All evidence will be held securely with limited disclosure for law enforcement purposes.

The University has already taken immediate and significant action. Public Safety inspected all public restrooms on campus to locate any additional hidden devices and none were found. Routine inspection of campus public restrooms for hidden devices will continue.

The safety and security of our campus is of the utmost importance. I am deeply troubled by the actions of the suspect and emphasize that Bucknell is fully committed to protecting the privacy and well-being of our community.

Sincerely,

President John Bravman

Helen J. Jimenez