Net Crimes Newsletter - November 19, 2012
Police in Florida said a JCPenny worker accused of planting a camera in the women's bathroom said he wanted to make sure his co-workers were doing their jobs.
Authorities said the Loss Prevention Officer at the West Palm Beach Store noticed the ceiling fan in the bathroom was dislodged just after 9 a.m, Monday and a closer examination revealed a cellphone aimed toward the bathroom's toilets was recording video, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Wednesday.
The officer told police she suspected employee Raphael Dieguez to be behind the incident and the found phone rang when officers called the number the worker had given his employers.
Police said Dieguez revealed during questioning that his real name was Marco Bartolon-Velasquez, 26, and he had been using his brother's name for "employment purposes" because he had been in the country illegally for four years.
Bartolon-Velasquez said he had been filming in the bathroom since last Christmas.
"He went on to say that he had only done it today to monitor how well his employees were cleaning," the police report says.
Police did not say what position the suspect held at the store. He told police he had never filmed inside the men's bathroom.
Bartolon-Velasquez was charged with video voyeurism.
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How Free Speech Died on Campus - 11/16/12
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'Storage Wars' Star Brandi Passante: I'm Being Harassed by a Porn Freak! - 11/16/12
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Cyberbullying restaurant owner gets 90 days in jail - 11/16/12
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Women's rights campaigner banned from Facebook after re-posting 'death threat' made against her... as she did not have his permission - 11/16/12
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Peer's revenge over Twitter slurs: McAlpine will sue internet gossips as BBC pays him £185,000 damages following Newsnight report - 11/16/12
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Conman jailed for 16 months for selling illegal tooth-whitening gel online made with 100 TIMES safe level of cleaning chemicals - 11/14/12
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Man sentenced to nine months in jail for criminally harassing ex-girlfriend - 11/13/12
When a city man found out his girlfriend wanted to end their 2 1/2-year relationship because she thought he was cheating on her, he launched into what the judge called a series of abusive and threatening phone calls, texts, e-mails and other “vile” communications over a 21-month period. The victim believed her boyfriend launched the attack, including the posting on an Internet porn site of a cell phone video he had earlier taken of them having sex, said provincial court Judge Allan Fradsham, as an attempt at “manipulating” her to be with him.
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