ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. - The St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney's Office charged a Lindenwood University student-athlete Monday with three counts of felony invasion of privacy for recording people having intercourse without their knowledge.
“Most likely he either set up a camera in the room or he filmed from outside the room through a window,” said St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar.
According to a probable cause statement from the St. Charles Police Department, the crimes occurred February 18, 2018, at a home in the 300 block of Droste Road.
Police said the suspect, identified as Xavier Boland, is in the country on a passport and has no family or job in the United States. He's a senior at Lindenwood University, where he competes as a pole vaulter for the track and field team. Boland doesn't have a permanent residence but was staying at the home on Droste Road.
One of the victims, a woman, was visiting another man at that home and had sex with that individual. She later awoke to find Boland in the bedroom with them. She yelled at him to leave the bedroom, got dressed, and continued to yell at Boland in another part of the house.
The victim said Boland told her he'd seen her naked many times in the past. He then pulled out his phone and played a video shot from inside that bedroom, showing the woman engaged in sexual activity with the man. Boland said he had more recordings of her having sex with that man in the bedroom.
The woman suspected her male acquaintance knew of the recorded videos and went back to the bedroom to yell at him as well. The acquaintance said he didn't know about the videos.
The woman got her things and tried to leave the house, but Boland allegedly threatened to ruin her life by publishing the videos on a public forum. The woman came back inside the residence.
Police said Boland took the woman to his bedroom and onto his bed. He then undressed her and began fondling her while she fought and kicked him. The woman was able to get out from underneath Boland and fled the residence. Boland claimed he would put the videos on YouTube.
The victim drove a few blocks to a friend's house and called the police. Police said she filed a report with authorities and they went to the residence to contact Boland.
Boland allowed police to search his phone, which was taken to the St. Charles County Cyber Crime Task Force. Authorities found several videos on the phone. The victim identified herself on one of the videos. The video was recorded through the blinds from the outside of the home.
“It’s never been easier to introduce technology into intimate relationships. If you’re going to play that game, you’ve got to be really careful and understand there’s some pretty big consequences that could be at stake,” Lohmar said.
The male acquaintance spoke with police as well. He identified himself in two videos. Neither the woman nor her male acquaintance had any knowledge or consented to be recorded. A third victim was identified and contacted, who had a similar account as the others.
The probable cause statement also contains an allegation that Boland sexually assaulted one of the female victims. More charges may be forthcoming pending further investigation, Lohmar said.
In an interview with investigators, Boland admitted to recording the victims without their approval. He also claimed the woman fabricated the sexual assault claim to get authorities to make him erase the videos.
Boland’s bond was set at $1,500.
Meanwhile, Lindenwood University would not comment on Boland’s status with the team or as a student, citing privacy concerns.
“I think you should at least be suspended until everything is definite,” said Lindenwood senior Madeline Schneider. “I don’t think there’s any reason you should be staying on the team, especially if it’s in that kind of situation that’s very sensitive where there’s other students involved.”
If convicted, Boland faces up to four years in prison per count on the current charges.
“A crime’s a crime. If you’re responsible for it, you need to be held accountable,” said Lindenwood freshman Miranda Fick.