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Man: Bathroom cam was for supervising

Nov. 14, 2012 at 2:43 PM   |   Comments

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- 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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