Police Find 270 Videos in Camera Hidden in Florida Bathroom by New Hampshire Man
A video camera hidden in a Sanibel, Florida, bathroom by a New Hampshire man contained nearly 300 videos recorded on just one day in July.
Dana Caruso was arrested at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport in August, and charged after maintenance workers found what looked like a fire alarm on the wall over a changing table. Further investigation by Sanibel Police determined it was really a video camera.
Sanibel Police did not disclose what town in New Hampshire Caruso is from. Court documents from Rockingham County court obtained by WBBH TV show Caruso admitted to recording someone in a changing room at the Summer Sessions Surf Shop in Rye in August, 2021.
He pleaded guilty to violation of privacy/use, install device, was sentenced to 60 days in jail, and fined $1,240. His phone was also destroyed by the court.
Caruso gave an address in Fort Pierce, Florida, as his home address when he was booked at the Lee County Jail.
Sanibel Police said they found over 270 videos running on a continuous loop in five-minute increments. There are 55 total victims; 22 have been identified.
"Some of the victims appear in more than one video clip. There are numerous video clips of an empty bathroom. Several videos at the end of the time period in question show police personnel at the beginning of the investigation," police said in a statement.
Camera Hidden for Several Days
WINK TV reported that the police report determined the camera was set up between July 13 and July 28. He would sit outside the bathroom and check the video after each video.
Caruso was extradited to Florida, arraigned on September 6, and charged with five felony counts of video voyeurism 24 years of age, a child less than 16 years of age, and three misdemeanor counts of video voyeurism younger than 19 years of age, according to booking records. He pleaded not guilty, posted $140,000, and was ordered to wear a GPS device.
Caruso was also ordered to stay away from the bathroom where the camera was found, and to not attempt to contact any of the alleged victims.
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