A professor accused of placing a spy-camera in a bathroom at the college where he worked was found dead in his Harlem home Thursday night, police sources said.
Jackie Conrad, 39, was found in his apartment on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. near W. 138th St. at about 6 p.m. cops said — just eight days after his arrest on unlawful surveillance charges.
An autopsy will determine his cause of death, but police suspect he killed himself, according to sources.
Conrad, a professor at New York Institute of Technology, planted a camera disguised as a pen in a handicapped-accessible bathroom at the school’s Old Westbury campus in Nassau County on July 13, 2016 according to a criminal complaint.
A woman using the bathroom saw the pen — with a blinking green light — sticking out from a ceiling tile, police said.
Conrad admitted to placing the camera, according to the complaint.
After his arrest, a university spokeswoman told reporters that Conrad, who taught in the school’s anatomy department, was no longer an employee, The Associated Press reported.
Neighbor Jenny Lischer, 39, said Conrad moved into the Harlem apartment about three or four years ago.
“I ran into him at 3 o’clock, 4 o’clock in the morning and I never got the slightest creepy vibe,” Lischer said. “He was genuine, he was joyous, he cared about people, he had an aura.”
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