On Monday evening at 11:30 p.m., Stephen McIntire, 61, was arrested on campus for violation of privacy after being caught attempting to look inside dorm windows, his tenth recorded violation of privacy incident on campus since 2015. McIntire, who already served several months in jail for a similar incident in 2016, was charged with a Class D violation of privacy charge and will be appearing in West Bath District Court in December.
“Last night at about 11:00 p.m., a group of alert students saw McIntire surreptitiously peering into first-floor bedroom windows at Howard Hall,” Director of Security Randy Nichols wrote in an email to the campus community. “McIntire was also spotted near Osher and West. Several security officers responded and pursued McIntire across campus.”
Ultimately, McIntire was cornered and eventually arrested by Brunswick police at 24 College Street, thanks in part to the help of some observant students.
“I was outside reading, hanging out with my buddies, and a security officer walked up to us,” Stephen Boe ’22 said. “He told us that if we see a guy in a blue hat that doesn’t look like he should be here, to call him. Then, like three minutes later, this dude walks quickly around the corner, looks back behind him, keeps walking, looks back behind him again, dips behind around the next corner and then runs back by us. We looked at each other and were like ‘I think that’s our guy.’ So we called.”
McIntire has a history of photographing and videotaping female Bowdoin students through windows in residence halls and in off-campus housing. In his email, Nichols urged students to protect their privacy by pulling shades down completely, especially at night, and by ensuring that their windows and doors are properly closed. Students renting off-campus residences should protect themselves by insisting on safe lighting and properly trimmed landscaping to prevent the concealment of a predator.
Boe said that knowing security protocols are able to handle incidents like this one made him feel safer on the Bowdoin campus.
“Good on Bowdoin Security for keeping the student body aware and letting us know what we should do in that scenario,” Boe said.
McIntire was served with a criminal trespass order barring him from all Bowdoin properties under penalty of arrest. If any students encounter McIntire on campus, they should immediately report it to security.