Campus police arrests student

Campus Police Chief Ernie Hudson. Photo by WCU

Campus Police Chief Ernie Hudson. Photo by WCU

WCU campus chief of police, Ernie Hudson, in an email message informed the campus community about the arrest of a graduate student, Thomas Lee West, on Thursday, Aug. 27.

West is charged on allegations of illegal entry of a residence hall room in Blue Ridge Hall and the installation of a video camera with the intent to secretly record the occupant.

At the time of the alleged incident, West was a graduate student employed at WCU. In the affidavit leading to the arrest, the victim identified him as a graduate community coordinator for the university.

After his arrest, West was taken to the Jackson County Magistrate’s Office where he was charged. He has been released on $20,000 secured bond, and has a first appearance date in Jackson County District Court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, informed chief Hudson.