Camera Found in Employee Restroom

A staff member at the Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital discovered that what appeared to be a wall charger in the employee restroom was actually a small video camera. Authorities are not certain of how long the camera was in the restroom, but do have an as-of-yet unidentified suspect. 

It is without a doubt that the individual or individuals who placed this camera in the restroom (presumably to watch the footage it produced) will be charged with voyeurism by the Prosecutor's Office in Medina County. Voyeurism is defined legally by the Ohio Revised Code here, but can be loosely described as recording someone without their consent or knowledge for one's own gratification. Examples span from a man filming women in tanning booths, to a college student filming himself having sexual intercourse with an unconscious woman. What is not certain is what exactly the individual(s) involved in the above-referenced case will be charged with. Voyeurism can be indicted in either the Municipal court or the Common Pleas court of the county in which the offense took place. It can range from a misdemeanor of the 3rd degree to a felony of the 5th degree, with post-conviction incarceration ranging from 45 days to 18 months. However, regardless of the alleged severity of the offense and subsequent level of charge, conviction of voyeurism means you are required by law to register and report as a sex offender for 15 years. 

It is likely that in this case, unless a child was seen, this will be charged as a misdemeanor of the 1st degree. If a child was involved, it is automatically a felony of the 5th degree. 

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