Local Waiter Accused of Filming Females Using Restroom

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

A wiregrass man is in jail tonight, accused of placing a hidden camera in the women's restroom at a local restaurant.

Authorities say the suspect is a waiter at the Old Mexico restaurant in Geneva.

They say a woman went to go use the bathroom and noticed a small, blinking red light.

Investigators say it was a camera.

Early last Friday evening, officers with the Geneva Police Department arrested 32-year-old Arturo Ventura.

He is charged with two counts of criminal surveillance, and production and possession of child pornography.

“A patron was at the Old Mexico restaurant and noticed something peculiar in the bathroom and brought her mother in and realized it was a hidden camera,” said District Attorney Kirke Adams.

“Myself and the officer then viewed the camera to see what footage was on the camera, it was at that time that the pictures of the juveniles and adults were discovered,”

Lieutenant Ricky Morgan arrested Ventura. He says officers were able to identify two adult victims and two juvenile victims on the tape.

“Everybody that has been on the tape that has been identified has been notified,”

He says the victims were outraged by the news.

“Anytime you go to the bathroom, you expect a certain amount of privacy, and for someone to come up to you and say ‘I have a video of you going to the bathroom’, it's very disturbing,”

“You add in the fact that you know you have to go tell a mother that her 9-year-old child is on this video and just imagine the anger that's going on there,” added Lt. Morgan.

Officials wouldn't say exactly where the camera was hidden.

“All I can tell you is that it was a small cordless device that you could simply purchase in the spy shop...it was a very good quality video,” said Lt. Morgan.

Morgan says the suspect acknowledged his wrongdoing.

“He knew that what he had done was wrong and he apologized for it and said that he made a mistake,”

Investigators say they aren't sure how long the video taping in the restroom had been going on, but believe this as an isolated incident.

Right now, they are going through Ventura’s home. They're looking for more tape .to see if there are any more victims.

Authorities say Ventura is an immigrant from Mexico and at the time of his arrest had an expired work visa.

He's being held in the Geneva County Jail on no bond.

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  • by JW Location: Dothan on May 22, 2010 at 08:02 AM
    Love History, did you not read the last few lines of the story? It says Ventura is an immigrant from Mexico with an expired work visa (he's not a citizen). Yes, he WAS allowed to be here and work, but he let his work visa expire, so he's not here legally anymore. And how does this land NOT belong to all of the Americans who are here legally? Yes, if you are caucasion, your ancestors migrated here, but they had to do so legally (think Ellis Island), or they came before there were immigration rules and regulations. If you love history so much, why not try and actually read some history. Illegal immigration is out of hand, it's costing the tax payers billions of dollars to support people who aren't supposed to be here and their anchor babies. Now, after you actually research about illegal immigrants, try and prove why citizens shouldn't be pretty ticked off.
  • by josh Location: samson on May 22, 2010 at 06:54 AM
    Don't send him out of the country,make him a known felon sexual predator and make him stand on the street corner twice a month letting everybody no what he done and what type of person he is.Goes to show that not all weirdos do stuff like that.Make him pay.
  • by Love History Location: Dothan on May 20, 2010 at 05:11 AM
    Sad...but all are not the same. It says a wiregrass man not illegal immigrant. They are here so deal with it. This land does not belong to us they were here before so we are the immigrants.
  • by John Location: Geneva on May 19, 2010 at 09:49 PM
    This restaurant does NOT need to be boycotted! It is one of the best places to eat in Geneva. The other employees, who are entirely innocent, should not be punished for one person's actions! Let the guilty party pay for his crime...not the ones who knew nothing about it...in fact some of the other employees could very well have been on his videos! To jeeopardize these peoples' jobs by boycotting their place of employment, on top of them having to deal with the fact that someone they trusted violated them in such a way is unthinkable! Think again...just look around for blinking red lights when nature calls!
  • by Nij on May 19, 2010 at 09:44 AM
    We're reeping the rewards of open borders.
  • by someone who knows Location: geneva on May 19, 2010 at 06:15 AM
    This restaurant needs to be boycotted. All of the upper echelon of this restaurant chain are related included this guy. They found 1,000s of pictures of patrons, from children to adults. Run Old Mexico back to Mexico.
  • by Anonymous on May 19, 2010 at 01:25 AM
    In reguards to an article posted here dated april 29 2010,hispanic service center to open soon,so illegals can learn about whatever services they need,does anybody even realize,or care for that matter that WE,the taxpayers are footing the bill for this kind of behavior when we allow these illegals into our country.You people that agree with illegal immagration and uphold it with you're supporting actions should be held accountable right along with these thugs for their criminal behavior.We can't afford to pay teachers to educate our students,can't even afford upkeep for for our schools but we can afford a service center and prison cells,free health care and welfare for for people to come and sell their drugs,have their babies and take pictures of our wives and kids ILLEAGLY in our public restaurants?Sickening!!!!
  • by nan Location: Malvern on May 18, 2010 at 06:53 PM
    Send him out of our country, We have enough home grown weirdos.
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