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Former MSU Professor Accused of Taking Photos of Men in Locker Room

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A MSU professor is no longer employed at the university after being accused of taking pictures of a man in various stages of undress in a men’s locker room at the Foster Recreation Center on Missouri State’s campus on Jan. 10.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A MSU professor is no longer employed at the university after being accused of taking pictures of a man in various stages of undress in a men’s locker room at the Foster Recreation Center on Missouri State’s campus on Jan. 10.

According to online court documents, Eduardo Acuna-Zumbado, 43, of Springfield, was charged with second-degree invasion of privacy after the victim and witnesses say he took unwanted photos of the victim

The Missouri State University website shows Acuna-Zumbado worked as a professor in the modern and classical languages department with a PhD in Latin American literature from the University of Kansas.

A probable cause statement for the case says the victim was made aware of Acuna-Zumbado taking the photos by one witness. Two other witnesses were in the locker room at the time, but only one saw the professor taking the pictures.

During an interview with police, Acuna-Zumbado first said he took the photos of the victim while he adjusted his camera phone, but later he said he took photos of the victim and another male for the ‘thrill’ of it, according to the probable cause statement.

Acuna-Zumbado also said he deleted the photos as soon as he took them.

Several weeks later, he was caught in the coach’s locker room at Forsythe Athletics Center going through lockers. According to the statement, Acuna-Zumbado ran from the staff, but was caught after a short distance.

A statement from Penni Groves, with the General Counsel at MSU, Acuna-Zumbado has been employed at the university since August 18, 2008 and his last date of employment was March 3, 2014.

No further comment was available from the university.

Acuna-Zumbado is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow, March 6, at 9 a.m.


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