Sherman Oaks Restaurant Owner Arrested on Suspicion of Child Porn After Allegedly Hiding Camera in Women’s Restroom

Police have arrested a man for allegedly hiding a small camera inside the women's restroom at his Italian restaurant in Sherman Oaks for several months and capturing hundreds of images.

Bahram Javaherian was arrested on May 9, 2017 on a child pornography charge after police say he hid cameras in the women's bathroom of his restaurant. (Credit: Los Angeles Police Department)

Bahram Javaherian, 65, was arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography at about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday at Cocina Bene, located in the 4500 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release.

Detectives said Javaherian placed a video camera inside the women's bathroom in his restaurant and used it to record women and children who were using the restroom.

Following up on a tip from an employee who found the hidden camera, detectives served a search warrant at the restaurant and found the camera. On the footage, a mother can be seen walking into the restroom with two children, including one who appears to be about 3 years old, police told KTLA.

An LAPD official told KTLA detectives are sifting through hundreds of images of women and young children that were found on the camera. Images provided by police even showed Javaherian installing the hidden camera.

Police say Bahram Javaherian placed this tiny hidden camera in the women's restroom at his restaurant in Sherman Oaks. (Credit: Los Angeles Police Department)

The camera, which was the size of a lighter, was placed under the sink in the women's restroom, police said.

A sign on the restaurant's front door Wednesday said the business was closed for lunch.

"We're pretty scared and shocked right now. I never met him, but a lot of people knew him and he would come in and eat," Yency Ruedas, who works at a Japanese restaurant nearby, told KTLA. "He was considered friendly, a fun guy and a nice guy."

Javaherian's bail was set at $20,000. He is expected to return to court in June.

Anyone with information about additional victims in this case is asked to call Van Nuys detectives at 818-374-0040.