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Manager of government agency installs hidden camera in bathroom to watch men using toilet

By Mason White 4:09 PM March 20, 2017
Security cameras (illustration)
Security cameras (illustration)
By: Emily Lewis

A government employee is under investigation after allegedly installing a hidden camera in a toilet in order to record men, according to police in Washington.

The Seattle Police Department said that detectives are investigating a case of suspected voyeurism at the Seattle City Light South Service Center, located in the 3600 block 4th Avenue S.

The concealed camera was first discovered by a City Light employee in a men’s restroom located in a restricted part of the facility.

The employee who noticed the camera removed it, and notified his supervisor, who in turn notified his manager, not knowing that it was the manager who police believe secretly installed the camera.

Days later, the reporting employee and supervisor grew suspicious of the manager’s inaction regarding the matter of the camera, so they proceeded to notify the manager’s chain of command.

With other City Light officials now aware of the hidden camera, police were immediately called in to investigate. Officers responded to the facility to conduct preliminary interviews and took possession of the camera.

The case has been assigned to a sexual assault detective for follow up investigation. The camera has been submitted for forensic testing.

While the exact number of victims is unknown at this time, detectives do not believe that members of the general public were subjected to the suspect’s voyeurism.

Per ordinary police protocol, the male suspect has been identified, but has not been booked into King County Jail until the assigned detective can review the facts of the case.

City Light officials have placed the suspect on administrative leave. City Light staff are conducting checks of all City Light facility restrooms.

No other cameras have been found.