Athens man sentenced to prison for spying on UGA student in Tate Center restroom


Malik Zemonte Davenport

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man this week received a five-year sentence after pleading guilty to spying on a University of Georgia student in a campus restroom last year.

According to the sentencing document filed Monday in Clarke County Superior Court, 23-year-old Malik Zemonte Davenport entered into a negotiated agreement with the Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney Office, in which he pleaded guilty to invasion of privacy.

Judge Lisa Lott ordered him to serve two years in confinement and three years on probation.

While on probation, Davenport will be barred from all UGA properties, according to the sentencing document.

According to a UGA police report, the incident occurred the night of Jan. 14, 2018, when a 19-year-old student was in a restroom stall in the Tate Student Center when she noticed the person in an adjacent stall was holding an iPhone over the top of the partition "to illegally record video or still images of her."

Upon realizing that the student noticed what he was doing, the suspect reportedly told the student he was sorry, gathered up his belongings and ran out of the building, according to the report. The student ran out of the restroom and was able to get a good look at the offender, but the police report did not indicate how Davenport was identified as the suspect, but he was arrested four days after the incident.

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