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It is the second time in less than a year that Ramirez has been charged with indecent behavior
The man taped a recording cellphone under the sink of the women’s restroom.
Edward Ramirez, a 43-year-old resident of Glen Cove, Long Island, has been arrested for attempting to record a video of a female customer while she was using the restroom.
The customer, a 27-year-old woman, told Nassau County police that she was in the bathroom of Jack’s Shack Organic Eatery on Glen Cove Avenue when she saw a cellphone taped under the sink, pointed in her direction and actively recording.
The woman called the authorities, who arrested Ramirez and charged him with attempted unlawful surveillance.
In December, Ramirez was charged with sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child after he allegedly exposed himself to children at a grocery store, where he was a clerk at the time.
It’s not the first time — this year, even — that restaurant employees revealed themselves to be peeping Toms.
A comedian who visited a bar in Illinois was shocked to discover that the women’s restroom of Cigars and Stripes BBQ, Bar & Lounge was outfitted with a two-way mirror. Days later, the manager of a pizza shop went on the run after his wife discovered video footage of the restaurant’s female employees on his computer.
Chipotle accused of covering up for manager who put hidden camera in women's bathroom
A Chipotle Mexican Grill in Texas is being accused of covering up the actions of a manager who reportedly hid a camera in the restaurant’s bathroom.
According to a lawsuit filed this week in the District Court of Brazaria County, Texas, the plantiffs allege that store manager Joanny Castillo, 18, repeatedly installed a video-recording spy camera in the women's bathroom area and, when informed of the Castillo's actions, the restaurant’s corporate office tried to cover up the incidents. According to the suit, an unnamed woman and her 5-year-old daughter were filmed taking off their clothes and going to the restroom.
The camera was first discovered on Feb. 24, when an employee at the restaurant claims she discovered the camera pointing directly at her while she used the toilet. She suspected a Chipotle male manager of hiding the camera, but the manager claimed a customer left it by accident and he would return it to the owner, Click 2 Houston reports.
However, three days later, the same employee found the camera hiding in the bathroom again, “discreetly placed under the restroom sink in exposed polybutylene piping,” as stated in the lawsuit.
This time, the employee removed the camera and gave it to the general manager. When other employees learned of the incident, they demanded the camera be turned over to the police, but claim the general manager was reluctant and attempted to persuade them not to call the authorities.
But one of the employees disregarded the general manager’s mandate and called the police anyway.
The manager accused of hiding the camera was eventually fired and arrested.
After the incident, however, Chipotle told the Houston Chronicle differing information, maintaining that the chain was not involved in any type of cover up and immediately called the authorities upon being notified of the incident.
This isn’t the first time a hidden camera has been discovered in a public restroom. In July 2015, a mother and her 5-year-old son found a hidden cell phone in the women’s restroom of a Starbucks in California. The phone, which faced the toilet area, was set to record.
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Owner of popular Christmas lights farm arrested, accused of recording woman in restroom
Raleigh, N.C. &mdash The owner of a popular Christmas lights display in Raleigh has been arrested with the charge of recording a woman while in the restroom.
Lin Honeycutt, 64, owns the popular Fieldstream Farm Christmas Light Festival on Old Stage Road, according to officials.
A woman who works at the farm found a recording device in a bathroom stall and reported it to investigators.
Honeycutt and his wife also operate the Holiday Light Store in Raleigh. According to their website, they have "over 20 years experience in outdoor holiday lighting."
WRAL interviewed Honeycutt several times over the years in relation to his work with the North Carolina Baptist Men Disaster Relief. He was also a member of Highland Baptist Church in Raleigh in 2012.
"The Bible tells us to serve, and that's why we do what we do," he said in the 2011 interview.
According to the warrant, "for the purpose of arousing and gratifying the sexual desire of a person, Lin Honeycutt secretly installed in the women's restroom . a floor heater with a camera."
Honeycutt was taken into custody Friday afternoon.
His lawyer issued a statement asking for patience.
"Mr. Honeycutt is an upstanding resident of Wake County, enjoying many years of involvement and participation in community programs and events," attorney Russell DeMent said. "He is certainly mindful of the concerns arising from the charges against him, but would like to underline that there is more to this issue than has appeared in the media. Those aspects will come out in the court system in due time. He and his family ask for understanding as he appropriately handles these matters through the court system."
A 53 year old man has been accused of looking under a woman’s bathroom stall at a Duncan Cracker Barrel restaurant, in South Carolina Upstate according to reports.
Duncan police Chief Carl Long said a 15-year-old girl spotted Douglas Lane, 53, of North Carolina looking underneath the bathroom stall WSPA reports.
Upon the girl exiting and telling her father, the parent asked a female employee to get the ‘peeping tom’ out. Upon Lane exiting the bathroom stall and attempting to flee, the father took him to the floor. As the suspect got away, a whole group of fathers who were in town for a girls softball tournament subdued Lane until officers arrived.
Captured video & images on Sunday showed Lane — a registered sex offender and repeat ‘peeping Tom’ on the ground with a bloody face and shirt outside the restaurant WYFF4 reports.
Lane was charged with voyeurism, simple possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, Long said.
‘there was a bad guy and a lot of good guys took down the bad guy.’
A witness told WYFF4 that he was inside the restaurant and heard a commotion that sounded like a fight. He said he heard people say, ‘Get him, he’s getting away.’
He said he saw a man with a very bloody nose run outside.
The witness said he saw someone tackle him on the other side of the parking lot.
He and his son saw people hit the man. The witness said he handed off his son to his wife and went outside and took the video. He said he heard police come shortly after that.
He said his son asked him a lot of questions about what happened and he told him that ‘there was a bad guy and a lot of good guys took down the bad guy.’
A bond hearing for Lane was held Monday.
During the hearing, a court official said that Lane told authorities he didn’t realize he was in the women’s bathroom until he sat down.
Douglas Lane Duncan Cracker Barrel. Police bookings.
History of sex offenses going back to 1984
The court official said the victim told authorities that when she sat down a man had his head under the stall looking at her.
The judge ruled that Lane must stay in South Carolina and be under home detention with a GPS monitoring device. He is expected back in court in November.
Lane is a registered sex offender in North Carolina , according to The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations. Of note, the voyeur has a criminal history dating back to 1984, with at least eight convictions for peeping.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations says Lane was registered as a sex offender in 2008.
He was convicted of secretly peeping into an occupied room in 2004 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, records show. The record says the victims were 8 and 9 years old.
In 2008, records show Lane was convicted of secretly peeping into an occupied room, also in Mecklenburg County. The victim in this case was 18 years or older, records show.
The South Carolina sex offender registry says Lane was convicted of peeping, voyeurism or aggravated voyeurism in South Carolina in 1997 and failure to register in 1999.
Ex-West Penn employee pleads guilty to secretly recording patients, coworkers
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A Canonsburg man pleaded guilty Wednesday to hiding video cameras inside West Penn Hospital and filming dozens of employees and female patients.
Guy Caley, 53, will be sentenced by Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Bruce Beemer on Aug. 16. He pleaded guilty to 89 criminal counts.
Caley was charged last summer with invasion of privacy and intercepting communications and was accused of recording people in various stages of dress &mdash sometimes while using the toilet and others while in an imaging room.
Cameras were hidden in a unisex employee bathroom and in another third-floor restroom.
They were discovered after a coworker found a small camera taped to a chair in the unisex bathroom, police said.
Caley admitted to investigators to downloading the video footage, captured in and around the hospital&rsquos MRI room, to his personal computer.
Caley worked at the hospital as a medical technician and told detectives he was curious about what the cameras would pick up in the bathroom.
Investigators discovered dozens of files on Caley&rsquos laptop.
In the video, police said, Caley could be seen installing the camera, then leaving. Moments later, he would return with a female patient. Audio on the recordings sometimes captured them discussing medical testing or picked up conversations the women had with the people accompanying them.
Investigators said Caley would often tell the patients to change into a hospital gown before leaving the room again.
Multiple lawsuits have been filed as a result of Caley&rsquos actions against the hospital.
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Frankfort restaurant owner accused of covertly filming up-skirt videos of young female employees faces new lawsuit by 8 workers. Expert hired by attorneys say videos may show 500 more women and girls.
A suburban restaurant owner accused in a lawsuit of secretly filming up the skirts of eight female employees, most of them minors, may have used hidden cameras on hundreds of other people, attorneys for the former employees said this week.
Michael Papandrea, 59, of Frankfort, filmed and sexually harassed female employees at his three restaurants in Frankfort, Tinley Park and Matteson for years, said attorneys representing the eight women and girls in the suit filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court.
Four other female former employees filed suit in Will County Circuit Court in September 2020 with similar allegations of undercover up-the-skirt filming.
The Illinois State Police stormed Papandrea’s Frankfort restaurant, Parmesans Wood Stone Pizza, on March 13 after being tipped off to his actions. Investigators seized electronics with video evidence and arrested Papandrea on a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized video recording. He was released on bond, according to state police.
In July, he was hit with 17 criminal charges — 12 felony counts and 5 misdemeanors — of taking video under and through clothing, involving 17 instances of his allegedly filming seven girls and two women, some of them multiple times.
Papandrea owns the Frankfort restaurant, as well as two others, one in a Tinley Park Metra station and the other in Matteson. He could not immediately be reached for comment, and attorneys who have previously represented him declined to comment.
State police investigators found nearly 1,000 up-skirt videos of unaware female employees on Papandrea’s cellphone after his arrest, according to the lawsuit filed Thursday. Papandrea used a smartphone app to control a camera in his shoe, prosecutors alleged.
Papandrea “routinely instructed” his employees to wear skirts and dresses, and “routinely rubbed, poked, and touched the backs, shoulders, and arms of his female employees” to get close enough to film up their skirts, according to Thursday’s suit. The teens reported Papandrea’s actions to their supervisor, but she was also being sexually harassed, according to the lawsuit. The supervisor also is a plaintiff in the suit.
Nearly all the employees were minors at the time, according to the lawsuit.
Of the seven non-supervising employees, five were only 16 when Papandrea first filmed them. One was just 14, while one was 18.
“For (the) young women, this has been really hard for them to deal with,” attorney David A. Axelrod said in a Friday phone call. “It’s not something that’s ever going to be gone from their lives.”
“What we’re trying as best we can is (to) get them some sort of civil restitution,” Axelrod said. “Money damages isn’t going to change anything for them, but it’s at least going to get them some sort of satisfaction.”
Papandrea’s up-skirt footage may not have stopped with restaurant employees, the lawsuit says.
One of the hard drives seized in March contained more than 24,000 recently deleted covert photographs and videos up the skirts of young women, possibly taken over a decade, according to prosecutors. Nearly 2,000 videos were filmed using a hidden shoe webcam, while 14 were from a video camera over a bathroom toilet, according to the release from Axelrod’s law firm.
Andrew Garrett, whose computer forensic company Garrett Discovery retrieved the files, said in the release that the footage could depict up-skirt shots of more than 500 additional people.
Three to four more young women have contacted the law firm since the suit was filed Thursday afternoon, Axelrod said.
He encouraged other potential victims to contact state police, but said his firm was “here to assist them and . to proceed on their behalf.”
State police are still actively investigating Papandrea’s case and aren’t releasing additional information while the investigation is ongoing, said Trooper Omoayena Williams, a police spokesperson, in an email Friday.
Police: Arlington Public Works Employee Recorded Women In Cafe Bathroom
A New Hampshire man has been charged with secretly recording women in a bathroom at a Massachusetts cafe, and authorities say they're investigating whether he planted cameras at other restaurants.
Joseph Hennessey (Courtesy Arlington Police Department)
Police arrested 53-year-old Joseph Hennessey of Salem, N. H., on Saturday at the Kickstand Cafe in Arlington, after cafe workers called authorities to report a suspicious person. Police say they found a camera hidden in a flower basket in the bathroom.
Police say Hennessey works for the Arlington public works department and has been out on worker's compensation.
Hennessey is detained without bail on charges including violating the state's recent "upskirting" law.
He's set to be arraigned in Cambridge District Court in Medford Monday morning. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.
Frankfort restaurant owner accused in lawsuit of filming up young female employees' skirts with camera on shoe
FRANKFORT, Ill. (WLS) -- A 58-year-old man who is a suburban restaurant owner faces a civil lawsuit for allegedly secretly taping young female employees.
Attorneys for the alleged victims are expected to share their stories at 11 a.m. Friday and detail a lawsuit just filed against a restaurant owner accused of secretly video taping up the skirts of his female employees, referred to as "up-skirting".
According to the lawsuit, Michael Papandrea of Frankfort is accused of using a camera on his shoe to secretly video tape up the skirts of eight female employees without their knowledge.
The lawsuit claims most of the victims were teenagers, one as young as 14. Lawyers for the alleged victims claim there are more than 24,000 photographs and videos taken over a decade of filming up the skirts of many young women. They also said there could be more than 500 victims.
The lawsuit names three restaurants owned by Papandrea, all located in the south suburbs.
He is known to own Parmesans Wood Stone Pizza in Frankfort.
The attorneys said there are also 14 videos from a hidden camera over a bathroom toilet.
Papandrea was initially charged with recording "up-skirt" videos of female employees in March of 2020.
Papandrea's attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the newly-filed lawsuit.
EPD: Hidden cell phone reportedly found recording video in Tres Reynas restaurant restroom
A woman reportedly told police she found a phone hidden in a local restaurant restroom. She said it was recording, and she could see who set it up. Wochit
EVANSVILLE, Ind. — A woman told police she found a hidden cell phone recording video in the bathroom of a Downtown Evansville restaurant Monday afternoon.
The woman was at Tres Reynas around 12:30 p.m. when she went to use the restroom, according to an Evansville Police Department report.
The alleged offender told her he needed to resupply the bathroom with paper towels before she used it.
"I went in. I kind of felt weird about it," the woman said in a recording of a 911 call obtained by the Courier & Press.
She tried to use the soap dispenser, but it reportedly wouldn't work.
She pushed harder, making the lid open, and a cell phone fell out, she told police.
The woman saw that she'd been recorded while in the restroom, according to the incident report. The video also reportedly showed the alleged offender setting up the phone.
The woman left the phone in the restroom and told a friend what happened.
"I should've taken it and ran with it. I didn't," she said in the 911 call. "I confronted this person about it, and he tried to defend it by saying that people had been stealing his paper towels and toilet paper."
The alleged offender tried to tell them nothing was on the phone, according to the police record.
The woman called 911 about an hour later.
On Tuesday afternoon Tres Reynas owner Marco Leon, through an interpreter, flatly denied there was a camera in the restroom.
Leon initially asked the C&P why it would run the story, saying it would bad for business.
EPD spokesman Sgt. Nick Winsett said the investigation is still open but declined to comment further.
Janitor at Florida high school arrested after filming female juveniles, teacher using restroom, police say
A high school janitor is accused of recording video of girls and a teacher inside a bathroom at Oviedo High School. There are 18 allegations of voyeurism that allegedly occurred on three occasions.
OVIEDO, Fla. - A janitor at a Florida high school was arrested after police said that he propped up a phone up under a sink in a handicap restroom stall and filmed several female juveniles and a teacher using the restroom.
The Oviedo Police Department said that on November 11, 2019, two female juveniles at Oviedo High School located a cellphone that was recording video under the sink in the handicap stall of a girl&aposs restroom at Oviedo High School. The girls immediately took the phone to the school&aposs discipline office and surrendered it to the Dean of Students, who gave it to the on-duty School Resource Officer. Detectives were also notified of the findings.
Police went on to say that in the videos, Derremy Jerrell Walker, a 29-year-old custodial employee at the school, is observed propping the phone up under the sink to allow it to record the toilet. They found several recordings from several days of juveniles and one teacher. The faces of the victims were reportedly not visible in the videos but detectives used surveillance footage to identify the victims by their clothing.
There were said to be nine victims total, who were all identified. Their parents were notified as well and all parties wish to prosecute, the City of Oviedo said.
Walker was immediately relieved of his duties the day the phone was discovered and trespassed from Oviedo High School, city officials added. Then on February 25, 2020, he was arrested by the Seminole County Sheriff&aposs Office on eight counts of video voyeurism on a person under 16 years and one count of video voyeurism on a person over 19 years of age.