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Cal Poly professor charged after allegedly using phone to look up woman's dress

Jason Alan Williams, a Cal Poly professor, was convicted of using a cellphone camera to peep up a female colleague’s dress.
Jason Alan Williams, a Cal Poly professor, was convicted of using a cellphone camera to peep up a female colleague’s dress. San Luis Obispo County Jail

A Cal Poly professor is facing a misdemeanor charge after allegedly using his cellphone to look up a female coworker's dress.

Jason Alan Williams, 52, was charged Wednesday in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court with peeping with a concealed device with intent to arouse. He is scheduled to appear in court July 2.

On the morning of May 2, the alleged victim, also a Cal Poly professor, made a report to the University Police Department. Williams was arrested at the Faculty Offices North building two hours later and booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail, according to Cal Poly spokesman Matt Lazier.

Williams was later released from custody.

University police forwarded the case to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office on May 9 after an investigation, deputy district attorney Eric Dobroth said.

Lazier said that Williams, an associate professor in the Psychology and Child Development Department, "is not teaching this quarter and will not be at commencement." But the Cal Poly spokesman said he was unable to comment on what administrative action is being taken, "as it's a personnel matter."

Williams, who earned his doctorate at UC Santa Cruz, has taught at Cal Poly since 2008, according to his curriculum vitae. Prior to that, he taught at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

Andrew Sheeler: 805-781-7934, @andrewsheeler
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