Police in Milltown, Delaware, are investigating a hidden camera found in the women’s bathroom of Moe’s Southwest Grill that contained video clips of over 100 women and even an little girl.
The bathroom camera was discovered after a restaurant employee overheard a man discussing the camera. The camera was found fastened to a garbage can in the women’s restroom. Along with the camera a power source and a memory card was discovered.
Master Cpl. Jeffrey R. Hale of the Delaware State Police said the camera was “placed in such a position as to be able to capture images of women using a specific toilet in the bathroom.”
Charges are not yet coming, Hale added, because, “There is an substantial amount of digital evidence that needs to be reviewed first.”
According to the local ABC affiliate, the memory card contained video clips of up to 100 customers using the restroom including a little girl between the ages of five and eleven.
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There is no way to tell how long the camera had been there or if other cameras had been there previously.
The bathrooms in Moe’s are single use rooms with a locking door located at the back of the restaurant.
The owner of the restaurant refused to comment on the story pending an investigation by the Delaware State Police.
A spokesman for the chain acknowledged the incident, insisted that the safety of customers is a top priority, but are awaiting the results of the investigation.
The situation evokes another recent situation in The First State. Last year University of Delaware doctoral candidate Javier Mendiola-Soto, 39, was sentenced to two years in prison for hiding cameras in at least 10 bathrooms at the University of Delaware.
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