Police: Long Beach Police Clerk Secretly Taped Cops in Department Restroom
An employee of the Long Beach Police Department has been arrested and charged with 115 counts of invasion of privacy after prosecutors say he secretly taped scores of LBPD employees using the department restroom.
28-year-old clerk typist Sergio Nieto allegedly used a hidden cell phone camera to spy on 69 men. The suspected voyeurism was reported in June and Nieto was suspended in July after his arrest. Authorities had to review all the footage and identify and inform all 69 victims.
The videos, which were taken over a three-month period, include footage of LBPD employees changing clothes. Top department officials are among those who were victimized, according to the Long Beach Post.
To prevent a conflict of interest, the arrest was handled by the Signal Hill Police Department. Nieto is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 20.
The revelations are eerily similar to an incident that occurred in Rancho Palos Verdes last year. A former city building inspector was arrested there in September for installing video recording devices in public restrooms at City Hall.