From UTC Staff
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) —
The former UTC student charged with planting surveillance cameras in a campus dorm has pleaded guilty to criminal charges against him.
Bernard Junior Morris had been held without bond since March 2011. According to the Hamilton Criminal Courts website, Morris plead guilty to:
- four counts of aggravated burglary
- one count of aggravated arson
- one count of burglary
He faces up to six years in prison for the charges.
Morris is next scheduled for sentencing on April 16.
March 22. 2011
UTC Police have arrested and charged UTC student Bernard (Junior) Morris with 13 felony charges–12 counts of aggravated burglary and one count of aggravated arson. Morris is accused of planting surveillance equipment in three campus apartments, one in Guerry and two in Stophel Building, both on South Campus. When students in a Guerry apartment returned from spring break, they noticed there were items in their apartment that did not belong to them, and reported the situation to their resident assistant. UTC Police determined the items housed surveillance cameras.
All of the surveillance cameras planted in the apartments have been recovered by UTC Police. UTC Police are continuing to actively investigate this case.
The arson charge relates to an incident on campus February 27th, when Morris allegedly threw a smoke bomb into the third floor trash chute of the Stophel Building. Campus Security took care of the problem with a fire extinguisher.
Separate from the criminal investigation, there will be a student conduct judicial review by the University. In the case of serious charges, students are often required to complete the judicial review process before returning to the University. In the case of Brendon Morris, his access to campus has been restricted at this time pending the outcome of the judicial review.
If you notice items in your campus residence that have been moved or items that do not belong to you or your roommates, or if you may have information about this case that may be helpful to UTC Police, call 425-4357. As always, if you need emergency assistance on campus, call 9-1-1.