OGDEN — An Ogden man charged with voyeurism for allegedly entering women's bathrooms at Weber State University with his cellphone is a convicted sex offender, police say.
Anthony Ray Sunford, 36, was charged Dec. 31 in Ogden Justice Court with four counts of voyeurism, a class B misdemeanor.
According to the Utah Sex Offender Registry, Sunford was previously convicted of attempted rape in California in 2010, and was in the military when he was convicted of attempted rape in 2005.
In the most recent incident, Sunford is accused of entering the Wildcat Center for Health Education and Wellness on the WSU campus on Dec. 13 using his student ID.
"Anthony informed the worker at the front desk that he was at the gym because he wanted to use the bathroom, stating that the bathrooms at the gym are 'cleaner,'" according to a search warrant affidavit filed in 2nd District Court.
But surveillance video later obtained by investigators shows Sunford holding what appears to be a cellphone near the women's restroom, according to the warrant.
"He seemingly waits for individuals to pass by him, he looks in both directions as if he is ensuring that there is no one around and then he turns around and enters the women's bathroom," the affidavit says.
The surveillance video shows Sunford entered the women's restroom the first time for approximately 2 ½ minutes, according to investigators.
On Dec. 18, Sunford again entered the Wildcat Center and went to the women's bathroom, this time entering for 17 minutes, the warrant states.
"Anthony is seen via video surveillance exiting the women's bathroom with his cellphone in his left hand. The cellphone appears to be in a mode such that the camera is open. An unknown woman follows Anthony out of the bathroom and is seemingly concerned. Anthony walks towards the east side of the gym and continually glances back appearing to see if the woman was following him," investigators wrote in the warrant.
Weber State police began investigating and obtained Sunford's name by checking records of who had checked into the gym.
"Anthony is a known sex offender out of the state of California. He was charged and convicted of attempted rape both in California and by the military according to his local file," the officer noted.
According to a February 2010 article in the Appeal-Democrat in Marysville, California, Sunford entered a Yuba City, California, business with the intent of raping a 24-year-old woman who was working alone. He had moved to the area about three weeks earlier but failed to register as a sex offender, according to the article.
The newspaper story also mentioned that at the time, "Sunford was a registered sex offender in another state in connection with an offense committed on a military base."
Sunford is scheduled to be arraigned on his current charge in Weber County on Jan. 15.
Weber State spokeswoman Allison Barlow Hess confirmed Thursday that Sunford is a part-time student at the university who enrolled in the fall.
When a student is on the sex offender registry, she said Adult Probation and Parole will notify the school that a person intends on attending classes at WSU. In this case, Hess said the agency did notify school administrators of Sunford's sex offender status when he enrolled.
Although he is still a registered sex offender, Hess said he was no longer on parole, which meant he did not have any restrictions about where he could go on campus or who, he could have contact with.
After his arrest, WSU banned Sunford from campus, she said.