Authorities arrested Jacob Guerrero, an Amazon driver from Woonsocket, Rhode Island, on charges of child pornography after he was caught taking photos of women and girls in a public bathroom while dressed as a woman.
Guerrero reportedly wore pen cameras laced into his sneakers during the alleged incidents.
What are the details?
According to a report from The Sun Chronicle, employees at Wrentham Village Premium Outlets in Wrentham, Massachusetts, filed a police report accusing a male dressed as a woman of "acting suspiciously" inside a public women's bathroom.
Guerrero, the outlet added, reportedly entered stalls next to at least 12 victims — including some girls as young as 8 years old — and took video footage of them using the facilities without their consent or knowledge.
Of the 12 victims, five were under the age of 18.
According to the report, Guerrero was said to have visited the outlets about 12 times between July 11 and Aug. 24.
On Aug. 24, a mother of a girl who had been inside the bathroom snapped a photo of Guerrero and called police to report his suspicious behavior inside the restroom. The suspect left the mall before police arrived but with the woman's photo, his car license plate was caught on surveillance cameras at the mall, police said.
Authorities arrested Guerrero on Sept. 2 during a traffic stop.
According to The Sun Chronicle, Guerrero was released "after pleading innocent to photographing an unsuspecting nude person, also known as the 'up-skirting law,' according to court records."
“The law makes it a misdemeanor, punishable by 2 ½ years in the House of Corrections and a fine of up to $5,000, to secretly photograph a person's 'sexual or other intimate parts' under or around their clothing under circumstances when 'a reasonable person would believe' those parts would not be visible to the public. It makes it a felony to disseminate such pictures. The penalties are increased when the victim is a child under age 18," Mass Live reported.
A search warrant for Guerrero's vehicle and cellphone later turned up at least 240 video clips and 23 images.
In a statement, Wrentham Police Chief Bill McGrath said, “Some of the children he allegedly had on his phone were 8, 9, 10, 11 years old."
As an Amazon driver, Guerrero was also accused of videotaping young girls in other states — to include California, New Jersey, and Virginia — without their knowledge.
"He had returned to a home that was on his route and actually filmed a child through a second story window," McGrath added.
According to the report, authorities ordered Guerrero held on $25,000 cash bail on Tuesday.
(H/T: The Daily Wire)