The Bizarre World of Florida

James Stanton Recorded His Female Coworkers For Years March 24, 2014

A man in Tampa has been charged with 123 counts of video voyeurism after a co-worker found videos on his computers, according to Tampa police.

James-Stanton_zpsc9c51102Police said James Stanton, 39, had been using a video recording device for several years to capture videos of at least five female victims using the bathroom and showering in the locker room at MaintenX, a maintenance service company in Tampa, where Stanton worked.

According to police, an IT employee for the company discovered the videos when servicing Stanton’s computer. Police said the employee notified management, then turned to police with information and the videos when he reportedly saw no action from management.

There are more than 200 videos dating back to 2010 and Stanton can be seen in some of them, handling the camera after the victims left the rooms.

Not all of the videos show victims’ faces, police said, so they are working to identify additional victims. They will also investigate to see if there are additional videos, if other employees were involved and if there are other charges Stanton could face.


South Florida nudist says naked pictures of his daughters are family portraits January 6, 2014

South-Florida-nudist-says-naked-pictures-of-his-daughters-are-family-portraitsA South Florida man is defending himself in court after being charged with taking pornographic photographs of his three young daughters and sharing them by saying that the photos are standard family portraits for a nudist family.

A grand jury didn’t agree with the assessment of Brian Martens and voted to indict the 53-year-old on one count of producing child pornography and one count of receiving child pornography.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Bill Matthewman viewed the photographs during a hearing Wednesday in federal court in West Palm Beach.

“Several of these photos the court has reviewed are lascivious. … They are, in the court’s opinion, sexually explicit,” Matthewman said.

Martens is being held without bail because he is a flight risk and he poses “a clear risk of danger to the community, and specifically to his daughters.”

According to prosecutors, the girls were between ages 8 and 12 when the photographs were taken.

James Eisenberg, Marten’s attorney, said that his client hired a professional family photographer to take the shots while he was living at a nudist colony.

“The girls have no clothes on … but they’re not doing anything of a sexual nature,” Eisenberg said. “If they were young ladies who had clothing on, no one would consider them pornographic. Totally nude … is the normal state of all the people who live there. In the context that everybody in this family are naturists … these photos are not lewd or pornographic in any way.”

Martens’ attorney did, however, agree that one photo the judge described as a closeup of a girl’s genital area, to be pornographic, but claimed Martens did not know the shot was taken and did not give permission for such a photo.

But federal agents found that this was not the case.

Homeland Security Investigations agents took notice of Martens earlier this year when they found the photos of his daughters on a computer belonging to Leslie Vanaman, 44, a neighbor in the private Sunsport Gardens Family Naturist Resort in Loxahatchee Groves.

The owner of A Shade of Grey Photography, who billed himself as a family portrait photographer despite a seeming reference to the popular erotic novel 50 Shades of Grey, is serving 60 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges, including photographs of the Martens girls.

Agents discovered Martens had signed numerous releases and received and shared numerous pornographic images of children. Investigators also uncovered emails between Martens, the photographer and another man discussing the photographer’s “craft” and “the sensuality and sexuality” of the images.

Martens, who has pleaded not guilty, is facing between 15 and 30 years in federal prison if convicted of the child porn production charge, and five to 20 years if convicted of receiving child pornography.


Man who had camera laced to shoes December 10, 2013

Filed under: Amazing,Disgusting,Disrespectful,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Sick,Voyerism,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:33 pm

Orlando police said they arrested a man who had cameras laced to his tennis shoes.

greis--robert1-jpgOfficers said Robert Greis was caught snooping on a shopper inside the Total Wine store on East Colonial Drive.

The victim said she was looking at a newspaper when her boyfriend, who was paying at a cash register, saw the 67-year-old Greis slide his sneaker under her skirt.

According to police, the victim’s boyfriend performed a citizen’s arrest on Greis and placed him against a window at the store until authorities arrived.

After his arrest, authorities said Greis was placed in the back of a patrol car without handcuffs while the officer spoke to the victim and her boyfriend.

Greis is accused of destroying one of the memory cards containing the images, and investigators said they recovered five pieces of the card, but not enough to rebuild the entire thing.

Officers said that black vinyl was cut and placed between the tongue of the shoe and shoe strings in order to conceal the camera from view.

The entire incident was caught on surveillance video along with photographs of the two shoes holding upright cameras potentially used for voyeurism.

Greis has since bonded out of jail but is still facing felony charges for video voyeurism and destruction of evidence.


Attention, shoppers, video voyeur on aisle 7 November 29, 2013

sfl-flduh-video-voyeur-aisle-7-20131128-001 Police in Hernando County say a Brooksville man is accused of video voyeurism for taking photos from under the skirt of a woman while she shopped at Walmart.

The shopper says she was at the Walmart at 7305 Broad Street last Saturday when she noticed a man secretly trying to reach his cell phone under her skirt to take photographs.

“There strange people out there…. everywhere and the holiday season brings them out,” said Wal-Mart shopper Jennifer Frye.

She confronted the suspect, who then fled the store.

“I probably would tackle him down or something,” said shopper Howard Williams who was told about the incident on Wednesday night.

Brooksville police were contacted, who were able to identify the man on store surveillance video as 39-year-old Eric John Walters.

Walters talked to investigators over the phone, and allegedly admitted to being confronted by the woman, but denied taking any pictures or video on his cell phone.

“It’s all over the internet, but why police do that I don’t know,” said Williams.

Walters is familiar with authorities in Hernando County; records show he’s already been arrested twice this month. On November 5 he was arrested for stalking and after bonding out, he was arrested again on November 15 for indecent exposure.

After issuing another warrant for his arrest officials found Walters and took him into custody Wednesday.


Video voyeur exposed by his selfie November 20, 2013

Filed under: Controversy,Disrespectful,Dumb,Florida Nut,Nudity,Voyerism,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 9:32 pm

sfl-flduh-video-voyeur-selfie-20131119-001On Monday, September 30th, a customer used the bathroom facilities of the Sunglass Hut, located in Miramar Beach.  Prior to the customer using the facilities, the manager, Ernest Moschino, set up his own personal cell phone in the mop bucket adjacent the toilet to video tape the customer using the bathroom.

The customer noticed the cell phone after she finished using the bathroom and confiscated the cell phone. The customer then notified the Sheriff’s Office of the incident.  Moschino submitted a written statement to the Sheriff’s Office that he had placed the cell phone in the mop bucket prior to allowing the victim to use the bathroom.

On Wednesday, October 2nd, a search warrant was obtained to view the video recordings on Moschino’s cell phone.  The phone contained two video images of women using the bathroom.  One of the women was identified as the victim from the Sunglass Hut.  The contents of the video also showed Moschino hiding the cell phone within the bucket prior to capturing images of the victim in the bathroom on September 30th.

Moschino was arrested yesterday, Monday, November 18th and booked in the Okaloosa County Jail. He is charged with invading privacy and illegal visual surveillance by a merchant.


Worker accused of videotaping women using restroom November 12, 2013

A Pineapple Willy’s employee is facing felony charges of video voyeurism. Bay County Sheriff’s deputies say the employee, Michael Dunning, admitted to videotaping women in the handicapped restroom stall.

sfl-flduh-women-using-restroom-20131110-001Bay County Sheriff’s investigators told Pineapple Willy’s owner and managers Thursday morning that one of their employees is being charged with secretly videotaping women in the restaurant’s restroom.

The investigation began when the wife of Pineapple Willy’s employee, Michael Edward Dunning, filed a complaint. They say she was cleaning her home, found her husband’s video camera, and discovered inappropriate videos taken at the restaurant.

Bay County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 29-year-old Dunning Wednesday on two counts of Video Voyeurism. Thursday, they served a search warrant at his home on N. Longwood Circle in Panama City.

“Not a situation where he had a camera set up that was running on end. The area that was being videotaped was a handicap stall in the women’s restroom,” said Major Tommy Ford with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.

Ford says restaurant employees commonly use that same stall as a changing area. Investigators determined the videotaping has been going on for about two years.

They say Dunning victimized at least 12 people, 6 of which are current or former restaurant employees.

“We were shocked to learn of these acts,” Buskell said in a written statement. “We had no reason to believe anything like this was occurring at our establishment.  We have been cooperating completely with investigators to assure that this never happens again. These actions, in no part, are a reflections of Pineapple Willy’s, and are just as upsetting to us as they are to everyone else.”

The Sheriff’s Office says Bill Buskell, the owner of Pineapple Willy’s, has cooperated fully with the investigation and there is no indication anyone else working at the restaurant is involved.

Investigators are trying to determine if any of the videos have made it onto the  internet.

“Do not have any indication that any of the videos had been uploaded to the internet or shared past the video camera. A lot of that comes from his statement where he admits to filming,” said Major Ford.

Authorities also confiscated Dunning’s computer and are searching it for more evidence.

Sheriff’s deputies say there could be additional charges for dunning if minors were involved.


Shoppers catch video voyeur in the act October 14, 2013

Filed under: Amazing,Disgusting,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Voyerism,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 5:16 pm

On October 2nd a man was caught on surveillance video walking around a Target Store in Orlando while upskirting a woman, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.


On the video, he tucked part of his cell phone under a large bag of dog food, at the bottom of his shopping cart. He then closely follows a woman wearing a dress, trying to record images under her skirt. He also tried to upskirt at least one other woman in the store, according to the report.
Both cops and Orlando media posted the video and asked for the public’s help in identifying him.

And the public did more than just name him — concerned citizens reportedly caught the man, identified as Nicholas Fusaro, 28, of Winter Garden, last Thursday, while he was busy upskirting yet another woman at another store — this time at an Orlando area Walmart, according to the report.
Concerned citizens confronted Fusaro, deputies said, and even got his vehicle’s tag number.


Accused upskirter caught on – what else – surveillance video October 9, 2013

The man deputies say stalked young girls and took cellphone photos and videos up their skirts at an Orlando-area Best Buy last month has been arrested.

orlnews-surveillance-video-best-buy-20131004The Orange County Sheriff’s Office arrested 44-year-old James “Jimbo” Jones at his mother’s home in the 6000 block of Rivo Alto Drive in South Orlando Monday night.

Lancaster Elementary School is one street away from the home Jones shares with his mother.

A school official said that they have not had any reports of video voyeurism on campus.

Deputies haven’t had any reports of Jones at the school but said the video voyeurism is an open investigation and anyone with additional information is urged to call Crimeline at 800-423- 8477.

Surveillance video captured a voyeur at the store at 8350 S. Orange Blossom Trail at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 18.

Deputies released the video Thursday.

The next day, a neighbor called authorities and identified the man as Jones, according to the arrest report.

Four other tipsters called Crimeline and said the voyeur was Jones.

When deputies showed Jones’ mother the Best Buy surveillance video she positively identified her son, the report said.

Deputies went to his mother’s house Monday and allegedly found Jones with 21 marijuana plants in a shed in the back yard, less than 20 grams of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.

“My mother has nothing to with this — the plants are mine,” Jones told deputies.

He was booked into the Orange County Jail on two felony counts of video voyeurism, 20 counts of cultivation of cannabis, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jones’ arrest record in Orange County dates back to 1990 and includes convictions of battery on a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 1994.


Landlord accused of secretly videotaping naked tenant September 5, 2013

Filed under: Abuse,Disgusting,Disrespectful,Dumb,Florida Nut,Voyerism,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:19 pm

A tenant who borrowed her landlord’s computer was shocked and surprised when she logged on and found naked pictures — of herself.

sfl-flduh-naked-tenant-20130904-001The woman found the images stashed in a computer file labeled “Porn,” along with sexually explicit recordings of teenage girls and nude images of girls as young as 7, a police report says.

As a result, William Anthony Raber, 27, has been charged with one felony count of video voyeurism and 17 child pornography charges. He is being held at the Paul Rein Detention Facility in Pompano Beach.

Raber admitted to using a small, generic black camera to record videos of the tenant and to downloading the child porn images, the police report says.

The woman, whose name and age have been redacted from the police report, rented a room from Raber and his wife in the 6000 block of Northwest 68th Terrace in mid-April.

Her $350-a-month rent included a bedroom, cable, Internet and use of the laundry room and kitchen. Her bedroom did not have a key lock and could be locked only from the inside, the report says.

Raber’s wife, the tenant’s former manager, had given the woman permission to use her laptop, the police report says.

But when the tenant was unable to connect to the Internet on Raber’s wife’s laptop on Aug. 7, she switched to Raber’s desktop computer.

She saw a file labeled “Porn,” opened it and found four video recordings of herself nude and getting dressed in her bedroom, the police report says. One video shows Raber “placing what she believes to be a camera in her room,” according to the police report. She also saw several child porn images, the report says.

After the woman reported her findings to Broward Sheriff’s deputies, she copied the images from Raber’s desktop computer onto a flash drive and delivered it to law enforcement, the report says.

Deputies viewed the 42 files on the flash drive, including a recording of a girl engaged in various sex acts with an adult man. The title of that video file referenced a 15-year-old Japanese Lolita, the report says.

After deputies executed a search warrant at Raber’s home early Friday morning, they found a sexually explicit recording of a girl, believed to be 12 or 13, and 15 nude images of three girls as young as 7 or 8, the report says.


Busted: Dispatcher who found coworkers’ topless pic on swiped cellphone August 7, 2013

What was supposed to be a funny smartphone photo of two topless female dispatchers from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has led to a serious criminal charge against a male colleague.

sfl-flduh-topless-coworkers-20130805-002Omar Trevino, a dispatcher since 2005, was arrested July 25 on a third-degree felony charge of unlawful use of computer or cellular phone.

Trevino, 31, is scheduled to appear for a hearing Friday before Circuit Judge Charles Burton. Court records show Trevino wants to reduce his $3,000 bail and restore some Internet privileges. He also may plead guilty in a deal with state prosecutors.

PBSO placed Trevino on paid leave June 6, the same day he admitted to a detective he grabbed a female co-worker’s phone May 3 while she was on a break. The married father of two also said he always snoops through female employee phones for photos when they’re not looking, according to an arrest report.

On May 24, Trevino showed dispatcher John Campbell a picture of two women exposing their breasts. Campbell “immediately identified” the women as PBSO dispatchers. Campbell spoke with the investigator June 4.

Trevino told Campbell he picked up the co-worker’s phone after she left it behind during a 15-minute break and found the revealing photo, according to the arrest report.

Trevino confessed to sending an email containing the topless photo from the woman’s phone to his personal email account. Then he deleted that email from the woman’s sent folder, according to the report.

The investigation revealed the photo was snapped Nov. 25, 2012, during a gathering at a dispatcher’s home. The breast shot “was meant for a joke as the discussion was about Christmas cards,” according to one of the women flashers.

Defense attorney Ira D. Karmelin said he couldn’t comment on the case while a resolution is pending. The charge is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Trevino seeks court permission to use a phone for texting, his Xbox for accessing Netflix, and the Internet for job searches.



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