Louisville man accused of placing camera in public restroom
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Imagine using the restroom while you're at work, only to find a camera recording you.
That's what police say happened at a Louisville business.
48-year-old Stephen Wood, the manager of the Bardstown Road Bicycle Company, is behind bars after admitting to police he's been secretly recording inside the store's restroom.
"He's been charged with one count of video voyeurism. That is considered a class D felony and it carries 1-5 years in prison," said Alicia Smiley, LMPD spokesperson.
Police say a female employee was inside the facility on Monday and noticed a tiny camera.
"It was very, very small. In fact, the officer said maybe 1 to 2 inches in length. It was located underneath the vanity," said Smiley.
Police say Wood admitted he'd been placing the camera inside the bathroom for the last two or three weeks in hopes of getting nude images.
"The bathroom was unisex. It was primarily for employees, however, any customers who may have asked if they could use the facilities, then they would have been provided that bathroom," Smiley told WDRB.
Police say Wood has been the manager of the Bardstown Road Bicycle Company for nine years.
Store employees and owners would not comment.
WDRB sat down with Attorney David Mejia to talk about Kentucky's law regarding video voyeurism.
"It's illegal for anyone to use any recording device or a video camera in a restroom or a place of privacy," explained Mejia.
Mejia told us it's important for everyone to know their privacy rights.
"I think most of the public may not know they are protected under the laws for the intrusion of their privacy," he said.
But police say we should recognize how high the chances are of being unknowingly recorded.
"There's that possibility that you're going to be videotaped no matter where you are," said Smiley.
But, police say, the bathroom is off-limits.
"That's the one place you expect privacy and you like to also think you have a level of trust with your employer," Smiley told WDRB.
Wood remains in jail.
The store wouldn't comment on whether or not he's still employed there.
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