The following disturbing story is just one of countless instances of spy cameras being used by perverted creeps to covertly record women. Anti-surveillance gadgets such as the lens finder bug detector are now being used to safeguard women from being victimized by peeping tom’s…
An Omni Hotel San Diego employee has resigned after admitting to placing a hidden camera inside a public bathroom at the luxury downtown hotel, San Diego police and company officials said.
Police were notified of the incident June 8, three days after hotel security discovered the hidden camera. A spokeswoman said the department has closed the case because two victims on video reviewed by officers were not identifiable, as required under the law.
“Because neither victim was identifiable, the Penal Cod section did not apply and the case has been closed,” Lt. Andra Brown said.
It is not clear how long the camera remained inside the bathroom, how many recordings were made or how many of those investigators had access to.
Hotel officials acknowledged the incident Thursday after being approached by The Watchdog, which learned of the case earlier this week.
“Upon investigation, the camera was linked to an Omni employee, and when confronted, he immediately resigned,” the statement said.
The hotel said it conducted an immediate security sweep of its public restrooms and has cooperated fully with the police.
“Inspections of individual guest rooms and restrooms in other common residential areas used by guests proceeded when access became available,” said Joy Rothschild, senior vice president of human resources for the chain. “No other cameras were found. As a result, we have a continuing program to always check and sweep all restrooms within the building.”
The camera was discovered on Jun 5, and police were told on June 8. When asked about the time lapse, Rothschild said, “We contacted San Diego police after a full internal investigation by our hotel security team was complete.”
The departed employee was Richard Bourque, who until last month was the hotel’s director of engineering. Reached at his home in Lake Elsinore, Bourque declined to comment and abruptly ended the telephone call.
Jeff McDonald of www.utsandiego.com reported this story July 27, 2012.