Possible peeper arrested in VA Hospital parking garage for spying on students in dorms

VA Hospital police arrested a man in the hospital's parking garage for invasion of privacy Monday night. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Senior Staff Photographer)

A nurse at the Veteran Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System in Oakland was charged Monday with spying on Pitt students in upper campus dorms.

Paul May, 56, a nurse at the hospital near Pitt’s upper campus, was charged with loitering and prowling, invasion of privacy and possessing instruments of a crime, according to a court document.

VA police arrested May in the hospital’s parking garage. The VA said Tuesday it is taking steps to fire May.

“This behavior is not in line with the norms and values of the VA, and as a result the employee has been suspended from all duties,” VA Press Secretary Curt Cashour said in a statement. “VA has initiated the process for removal from employment right away.”

Pitt police said in a crime alert that the suspect was possibly spying into upper campus dormitory windows from the garage. According to Joe Miksch, a University spokesperson, Pitt heard about the incident Tuesday morning and was told the man used a spotting scope.

“The University is cooperating with VAPD to determine if students may have been impacted and is working to directly inform the residents of nearby residence halls of the investigation,” Miksch said in a statement Tuesday.

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