Biola student convicted of illegally using computers to spy on women
This post has been corrected, as noted below.
A former 21-year-old computer science student from Biola University has pleaded guilty to illegally installing spyware on the computers of six women and recording videos and photographs of the women in states of undress for his sexual gratification.
According to a statement Friday from the Orange County district attorney's office, Trevor Timothy Harwell worked at a computer repair shop in Brea and met the six women through friends and church.
Under the pretense of providing technical services, he installed CamCapture software, which recorded video and still images of the victims. Two of the women were tipped off to the software when they noticed that the computer camera was irregularly blinking.
The Fullerton Police Department investigated the case and identified four other victims.
Harwell, who recorded thousands of images, pleaded guilty to six felony counts of computer access and fraud. He was sentenced to one year in the Anaheim City Jail and five years' probation. He will also attend a sex-offender treatment program.
The court is determining whether Harwell will have to register as a sex offender.
[For the record, July 23 at 1:40 p.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly described Trevor Timothy Harwell as a student at Biola University. He was dismissed in fall 2010, according to the university.]
— Thomas Curwen