A Long Beach Police Department clerk faces 115 misdemeanor charges of invasion of privacy after allegedly filming his coworkers as they used the restroom, according to a criminal complaint.
Sergio Nieto, 28, of Downey, was arrested in June after a fellow employee reported suspicious activity in the men’s restroom. After an investigation, officials discovered that Nieto had allegedly been photographing and recording other workers in the restroom of the police department at 400 West Broadway as they used the bathroom or changed.
The Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Office filed a case against Nieto on Monday.
Nieto, who was suspended from his job as a clerk typist, allegedly used a cellphone to film or photograph 69 different people while he was also in the bathroom. The alleged crimes occurred between March 21 and June 29 of last year, the complaint details. Some of the victims include high-ranking officials within the department, and Nieto allegedly filmed some people more than once, the Long Beach Post reported.
It took months to officially charge Nieto because investigators had to comb through footage to match the images with each victim, according to the Post. There might be more videos of victims who have not come forward, or have not been identified, the newspaper reported, citing a law enforcement source.
Nieto faces up to six months in jail for each charge, the Post reported. He is out on $25,000 bail.