AKRON- An employee of the Portage Country Club, suspected of using his cell phone to spy on women in the club’s restroom, is the focus of a voyeurism investigation.
Akron police say a 28-year-old woman was using the restroom on Sunday afternoon, when she noticed a cell phone propped up on the back of the toilet.
Lt. Rick Edwards told FOX 8, "And she could see that it was flashing light, saying that it was recording, so she basically picked the phone up and started going through the phone, stopped the recording and went back through it."
Instead of contacting police right away, we are told the woman gave the phone to a manager at the country club. On Sunday night, she decided to report the incident to police, who launched a voyeurism investigation the next day. "I think it was intentionally put in the bathroom to view women while they were in the stall," said Lt. Edwards.
According to the police report, the woman told officers that the video on the phone showed the suspect setting up the camera in the bathroom, and revealed he was wearing an employee shirt that included a name tag.
Portage Country Club says the employee has now been dismissed and club president Robert LeFever told FOX 8 by phone that, "We are doing everything we can to cooperate with the police investigation."
Akron police are now trying to find out if the suspect has a history of spying on women in public restrooms.
Lt. Rick Edwards told FOX 8, "That's where you expect the most privacy, you know? You go into the stall, close the door, you're expecting your own privacy, and for somebody to have the audacity to put a phone up, or even if they conspicuously hide that inside the stall somewhere trying to tape somebody, I just can't believe that somebody is looking to do stuff like that."