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Published March 16, 2011, 04:49 PM

UND Catholic Home Residents Shocked by Pornographic Vandalism

Some University of North Dakota students were shocked when they woke to find pornographic pictures with religious text hanging in their home. UND Police are trying to find out who and why someone sneaked into the Newman House to leave the pictures.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Some University of North Dakota students were shocked when they woke to find pornographic pictures with religious text hanging in their home.

UND Police are trying to find out who and why someone sneaked into the Newman House to leave the pictures.

WDAZ talked with a resident of the Newman House who didn't want to go on camera. She says she and her roommates are a little scared knowing someone was in the house and also by what they left behind.

Sometime Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, someone sneaked into and posted pornographic pictures while four women where asleep at UND's Newman House. The house by the Catholic St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center and houses female UND students.

UND Police Chief Duane Czapiewski says there were religious words on the pornographic images found in the home.

"They were place on the walls, they were placed on the fireplace mantels, They were placed on mailboxes. One location actually put it up on the ceiling," Czapiewski said.

UND Police say there was no sign of forced entry and nothing was damaged or taken in the house. Right now they don't know the motive of the crime, but police are looking for the suspects.

"As to the motive we don't know if it was somebody trying to be funny or harassing somebody, or if they had some objection to the religious philosophy of the Catholic Church," Czapiewski said.

Czapiewski says the pornographic pictures were likely taken off a website that has a religious theme. The pictures were printed off black and white printer.

If someone is caught in the case, they could be charged with criminal trespass, but more charges could be possible.

Most of the women who live at the Newman House are away for spring break. The women who are still there say they have changed the code on the keyless door lock.

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