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Building Inspector for Rancho Palos Verdes Charged With Installing Hidden Cameras at City Hall Bathroom and Nearby Coffee House


Sep 27, 2018

Former Building Inspector For the City of Rancho Palos Verdes Secretly Recorded Dozens of People In A Bathroom At City Hall and Coffee House

 RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CALIFORNIA (September 27, 2018) The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has charged a former building inspector for the city of Los Angeles with installing hidden cameras in a City Hall bathroom and coffee shop.

The attorney’s office was alerted to the hidden cameras after an employee found one on July 5. Police are alleging that the former building inspector installed the cameras in the restroom in order to secretly record dozens of men and women.

A total of 63 women and 26 men were recorded from June 13 to July 5, according to prosecutors. The perpetrator’s bail was set at $450,000 and he could face more than 44 years in jail if he is convicted of all of the charges.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate the incident.

Protection From Hidden Cameras

In the 21st century it has become commonplace for people to share enormous amounts of detail about their life. Platforms like Youtube, Facebook and Instagram allow users to instantly share photos and videos with the entire world. But everyone deserves a certain level of privacy.  Technology has advanced to the point where everyday consumers can buy low-cost, high-resolution cameras that can easily be hidden.

This has enabled a greater degree of surveillance and also a greater capacity for voyeurism. Thankfully, there are some steps that you can take in order reduce the likelihood of being unknowingly filmed by a hidden camera. A number of retailers sell cheap hidden camera detectors that can pick up on the electronic signature of cameras. Depending on where a camera is placed, a company could face civil liability when people are unknowingly recorded. Victims may be able to file a premises liability claim in order to recover damages.

Liability In Hidden Camera Recordings

Property owners and businesses have a responsibility to keep their premises reasonably safe. This includes taking steps to make sure that guest’s privacy is being respected. Moreover, if a person was working when they installed a hidden camera the company that they work for may bear vicarious liability for that act. Often times, employees will have greater access to areas at a business in order to install cameras. For example, Forever 21 was sued after an employee placed a hidden camera in the bathroom of the business and then began distributing the videos online. Victims who have been filmed may have the ability to file a claim for damages in order to recover compensation.

Getting Help After Being Filmed By a Hidden Camera

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers were extremely concerned to read about the hidden camera incident at City Hall and the coffee shop. Anyone that may have knowledge about what happened should come forward and speak with investigators. It’s completely unacceptable that this happened and we sincerely hope that the proper measures are taken place to ensure the privacy of everyone that visits City Hall in the future.

Have you or someone that you love been a victim of a hidden camera? There is help available. The Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers can take steps to preserve your rights and get you the maximum compensation. We recovered over 1 billion dollars for our clients and focus exclusively on personal injury law. You owe us nothing if we don’t end up winning your case. Call today for a free consultation (888) 888-9285.

Sources:

  1. Emily Holland. Palos Verdes Inspector Charged With Installing Hidden Cameras. September 26, 2018.
  2. Ally Foster. Forever 21 sued over ‘hidden camera’ in staff bathroom. December 2017.
  3. Nolo Staff. What is Premises Liability? 2018

 

 

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