Court Documents Reveal Details of Sex Charges Against Former SFSU Professor

By Mario Sevilla

Fri Aug 1st, 2014 9:38pm America/Los_Angeles

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Authorities have confiscated a hundred explicit videos they say were illegally captured by a former San Francisco State University professor, according to court documents. Some of the footage also contains a video recording of his roommate having sex.

Mark Landis, a former SFSU College of Business professor, has been charged with 15 counts of unauthorized invasion of privacy, according the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

Authorities said he was allegedly video recording current and past students from San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco while they used the bathroom in his Castro District home between 2011 and 2014.

About a hundred graphic videos were found inside his Castro apartment on four laptops, two flash drives, two SD cards, and a mini disk.

According to documents, the confiscated videos show Landis setting up cameras in both the bathroom and in his roommate’s bedroom. Landis allegedly also used the cameras to record male and female guests in the bathroom.

“It appears that he invited people to his home regularly,” San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said. “You’re going to a restroom, you’re not expecting to be to photographed or on video when you’re on a toilet.”

The documents state that the footage shows several of his victim’s buttocks and genitals.

Court papers also say authorities found a 35-minute video of Landis’s roommate engaged in sexual activity.

During a party at Landis’ home, a male student was using the bathroom when he discovered a camera hidden inside a tissue box. The student removed the memory card and turned it in to authorities.

Before Landis’ victims went to police and well before the search warrant, some of them confronted Landis. He told them that he was sorry and that he did not keep any of the videos.

19 victims were identified and 15 of them have pressed charges.

Landis is out on $100,000 bail.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Landis has a doctorate in accounting from the University of Missouri at Columbia and a master’s degree in accounting from University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with an undergraduate degree in 1999.

He had been working at SFSU since August 2006 but resigned on July 18, according to a school spokeswoman.

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