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Disappearing UNF paper mystery involves FHP trooper

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JACKSONVILLE, FLa. --  Imagine one of your most private moments going public as you close the door to use the bathroom.

A male victim claimed he was using the bathroom at the University of North Florida's Fine Arts Center when he noticed a cell phone between the stall and the bathroom wall, according to a report by Spinnaker Media. 

The alleged peeping Tom, 26-year-old Joshua Hott, is now facing charges of video voyeurism.

But the story doesn't end there.

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Thousands of UNF Spinnakers newspapers, which are free were taken from the campus. According to the State Attorney taking large quantities of free college newspapers isn't a crime -- just a mystery.

Video surveillance from June 13 shows two people walking up to a Spinnaker newspaper stand in a dormitory lobby and removing a large stack of papers.

Spielmaker, a sophomore at UNF has been working on the story.

"He was a student at one point and I don't think right away, but shortly after somebody realized this guy might be a FHP officer," said Spinnaker reporter Connor Spielmaker.

The FHP confirms that one of the people involved in the incident was Trooper Steve Coppola.

The reason Spinnaker Media says they were taken?

"There was an article in the police beat, there was a man named Joshua Hott, who was arrested for video taping someone using the restroom. He said that he had taken the paper to cover up and protect Joshua Hott's brother, who is still a student," said Spielmaker.

We have been told by FHP that they looked into the incident and found no violation of policy or wrong doing and added that Coppola was off duty and out of uniform.

Hott's arraignment is set for Thursday.

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