A former UMass Medical School assistant professor accused of photographing a woman inside a bathroom stall has been released on personal recognizance.
Dr. Marcus Cooper, 46, was arraigned on Dec. 16 in connection with the Sept. 1 incident.
Police say the victim, a 26-year-old medical student, tried to confront Cooper after he allegedly took the photo.
Cooper claims it was a misunderstanding and he walked into the wrong bathroom while checking his email.
He has been placed on paid administrative leave. Police did not find photos on the phone, but have a search warrant to search for deleted pictures.
The school released the following statement:
"UMass Medical School's Public Safety Office investigated an incident reported on Sept. 1 of an allegation of an unlawfully taken photo in a women's room on the medical school campus. The medical school responded quickly, appropriately and thoroughly to the reported incident, which resulted in charges being filed against the alleged perpetrator, a faculty member (who is also a member of UMass Memorial's Medical Group.) The faculty member remains off campus on paid administrative leave pending resolution of the charges."