Saturday, December 3, 2016

Tempe man accused of filming people in restrooms

Brandon Sorrentino

Maricopa County AZ Dec 3 2016

A Tempe man accused of using his iPhone to record a co-worker using a restroom faces a felony charge after police discovered more than 40 similar recordings on the device, authorities said.
Brandon Sorrentino, 20, was arrested Nov. 22 at Xerox in early October. A partially clad male co-worker said he noticed a hand holding an iPhone was filming him from underneath a neighboring stall.
The man exited his stall and asked a passing employee to notify security while he waited at the bathroom door, court records state.
Sorrentino exited the neighboring stall and was confronted by security officers, who contacted Tempe police. When questioned by investigators, Sorrentino admitted to being in the stall but refused to show police his iPhone until they requested to seize it as evidence.
Police obtained a search warrant for the phone and found 41 videos recorded at multiple locations that showed partly nude victims, including the co-worker, using restroom facilities. The five-minute-long clip at Sorrentino's workplace shows the 20-year-old pulling the cellphone back underneath the stall several times, capturing his own face, records state.
The other unidentified victims were filmed at locations in areas near:
Ak-Chin Pavilion at 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix.
Aloft Scottsdale hotel at 4422 N. 75th St., Scottsdale.
Talking Stick Resort at 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale.
Xerox at 2900 S. Diablo Way, Tempe.
Sorrentino was arrested Nov. 22 on suspicion of surreptitious digital recording, a Class 5 felony.

He was released from the custody Wednesday morning, said Officer Courtney Palma, a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. Sorrentino has a preliminary hearing scheduled Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court.

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