A 38-year-old transient was sentenced Tuesday to nine years and eight months in state prison for making secret video recordings in public restrooms in the Antelope Valley.
Antonio Serrano was sentenced after pleaded no contest to eight counts, including five counts of unauthorized invasion of privacy, and one count each of possession of child pornography, identity theft and loitering around a toilet to solicit lewd acts, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office stated in a news release.
He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life.
Serrano secretly recorded adults and children in public restrooms between May 1 and July 16 at a Starbucks, Chuck E. Cheese and at the Antelope Valley Mall, the release stated.
A cellphone at Starbucks was discovered on July 9 by a woman and her 5-year-old son while they were using the restroom at a coffee shop near Avenue K and 10th Street West.
“My son used the restroom first and I used the restroom after him,” she told KTLA. “I noticed he was staring at the sink a little bit perplexed. I asked him what was wrong and he said, ‘Mommy, why is there a phone under there?'”
When she looked under the sink, the woman saw a cell phone propped up by paper towels with the camera pointing toward the toilet.
“The deputies discovered that the cellphone was running in a video-recording motion,” said Lt. Joseph Fender with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.