Woman discovers camera recording in public restroom

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by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE NEWS and Photojournalist SCOTT GUEST

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Posted on July 31, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 5:21 PM

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas -- A man was arrested in Williamson County for hiding a camera in a public restroom.

The suspect is charged with improper photography or visual recording. Investigators say he hid an iPod set to record inside a bathroom at a plant nursery.

New Nurseries sits off FM 1325 in Williamson County. The company offers wholesale plants to landscape contractors, designers, and landscape architects

On the morning of July 30, an employee found a camera hidden in the women's restroom.

"She found it pretty much right away, which was good on their part," said Williamson County Sheriff's Captain Fred Thomas.

According to an arrest affidavit from the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, the iPod was hidden within a toilet paper roll in the corner of the bathroom.

"The male who actually put the camera in the restroom video taped himself while he was doing it. So it was pretty easy to make an arrest." Captain Thomas explained.

They found images of 28-year-old Julio Lundez-Olmedo, an employee at the nursery, setting up the iPod to record. He's now charged with improper photography or visual recording.

"I think you can make your own conclusion on the type of person who would stoop so low as to do something such as this," Capt. Thomas said. "It is pretty rare, thank goodness. It does not happen very often."

Thomas says they didn't find evidence of any other inappropriate material on the iPod so they don't foresee any additional charges.

Representatives with New Nurseries released a statement saying:

"The video camera in question was found at 9:30 am by a female employee and to the best of our knowledge appeared to be in operation for less than 2 hours. Law enforcement was immediately notified and a suspect has been arrested. The camera has been taken down and is in the possession of law enforcement. To the best of our knowledge there is no reason to suspect this activity occurred prior to this morning. These actions not tolerated by our company and we are taking all appropriate action to remedy the matter."

They tell us Lundez-Olmedo was a waterer with the nursery and he is no longer employed there.

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