An employee at the Hilton Garden Inn El Paso University Hotel in Texas has been charged with 9 counts of ‘invasive visual recording’ after reportedly using his cell phone to record women in one of the hotel’s restrooms.
According to police the man “planted a hidden camera in a public restroom and recorded multiple women using the facilities” on February 21. The man, said to have previously been in prison for “hitting a woman over the head with a hammer,” was held on $45,000 bond.
Police said a report was filed after Monastere’s cell phone was discovered inside a restroom trashcan. The man was directing female patrons to use a particular restroom where he had positioned his cell phone to record their activities throughout the day, police said.
…[A group of nurses] claim they were recorded by Monastere’s cell phone while using the public restroom at the hotel during a conference [and that..]Monastere placed a sign that read “women’s restroom” and placed it on the door of a single restroom and placed another sign in a hallway directing women at the conference to use the same restroom.
Such incidents aren’t common but are far from unheard of. For instance a woman sued Hilton claiming a hotel employee videotaped her in the shower and used the photos to blackmail her. In South Korea there was even a hotel that had a pay streaming service letting viewers peer into guests’ hotel rooms. And a couple sued a DoubleTree claiming they were being spied on while having sex in their room.