Toilet cam leads to chargesA Mayo Clinic Health System employee installed a camera above a toilet in a unisex bathroom on the medical center's campus, authorities said.
By: By Anne Jungen, La Crosse Tribune, Wis., Superior Telegram
A Mayo Clinic Health System employee installed a camera above a toilet in a unisex bathroom on the medical center's campus, authorities said.
A construction worker using the facility March 6 spied a pen with a flashing red light in the ceiling where a tile had been removed from a sixth-floor bathroom of the Professional Arts Building on South 10th Street, according to La Crosse police reports.
Investigators reviewing data stored on the motion-activated camera pen found an image of a man installing the device. Hospital security staff used surveillance video from outside the restroom to identify the suspect as 27-year-old Jeffrey Baylor of La Crosse, an employee in the information technology department.
Baylor and the construction worker are the only two captured on video.
Police took cellphones, flash drives, a camera and a computer Friday during a search of his house at 1106 S. 28th St. He declined to speak with investigators.
Mayo spokesman Rick Thiesse said he could not comment on the case other than to say the institution is cooperating with law enforcement.
A statement sent to employees said the medical center was "disturbed and gravely concerned" about the "flagrant violation of privacy and decorum."
"It is counter to everything our organization stands for," the statement reads.
Prosecutors charged Baylor Monday in in La Crosse County Circuit Court with invasion of privacy with a surveillance device and capturing an image of nudity without consent. He returns to court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.
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