University libraries are good for two things: cramming for an upcoming midterm, and having peace and quiet. Alas, there is a third component to add to that list, making sex videos.
A 19-year-old Oregon State University student, Kendra Sunderland, is being charged with public indecency after allegedly shooting a solo-act adult film on the sixth floor of an on-campus library. On Tuesday afternoon, Oregon State Police Trooper Christopher Graves entered Sutherland’s citing in the OSP daily desk log, where she supposedly admitted to recording the masturbation video last October. Oregonlive reported that if found guilty, Sunderland would receive up to one-year in prison as well as a $6,250 misdemeanor charge.
According to Steve Clark, Oregon State vice president of university relations, the university was informed about the video that same afternoon and officials believe that the film was published on the popular adult website, PornHub where it initially went viral.
Clark tells CNN that the actions of this young girl should not represent the standards of the university.
The university does not condone such behavior. This type of behavior does not represent the values of the university. And it definitely does not represent the values of the more than 30,000 students and 5,000 employees that make up Oregon State University.
KEZI 9 News interviewed OSU students, many of whom questioned the safety of their university. “I was surprised someone was in our library doing this. It’s always packed. I don’t know how anyone could get away with this,” said OSU student Shelby Wilson. Although the on-campus library is patrolled throughout the nights, Clark tells KEZI 9 News that it is merely impossible to watch every corner of a 34,000 square foot library.
Imagine six floors; 34,000 square feet. It is used by 30,000 people on average every week.
Many argue whether or not Sunderland should be charged with the misdemeanor. “How is this public indecency if no one saw her? They only saw her because she made it public and whoever saw her CHOSE to see her,” said a “Huffington Post” commenter Paty Maciel. A lot of the comments found on “Huffington Post” called Sunderland’s act a “victimless crime.” However, Oregon law states that “if while in, or in view of, a public place the person performs an act of sexual intercourse, an act of deviate sexual intercourse, or an act of exposing the genitals of the person with the intent of arousing the sexual desire of the person or another person” that individual commits the crime of public indecency.