Dana Alan Caruso: Man, 58, arrested for placing HIDDEN camera inside public bathroom in Florida

The camera was found inside a fake fire alarm after a maintenance worker noticed the device on the wall of the family restroom

Dana Alan Caruso: Man, 58, arrested for placing HIDDEN camera inside public bathroom in Florida
Dana Alan Caruso allegedly placed a hidden camera inside a public bathroom (Sanibel Police Department)
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SANIBEL, FLORIDA: A 58-year-old man, identified as Dana Alan Caruso of New Hampshire, was arrested after he allegedly placed a hidden camera inside a public bathroom. He is now facing several felony and misdemeanor charges.

The Sanibel Police Department said the camera was found inside a fake fire alarm on July 28, 2022, after a maintenance worker noticed the device on the wall of the family restroom at Bowman's Beach Park, as per WCVB. Following this, the police obtained a search warrant to check the contents of the device and found a video camera inside. Through the investigation, police also discovered that several people have been recorded. After further investigation, they identified Caruso as a suspect and secured a warrant for his arrest on August 9. And on August 19, he was arrested at Chicago O'Hare airport.

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As per the report, the police department said the information about this incident was not released publically to avoid the investigation from being compromised. Sanibel police Chief William Dalton said in a statement, as quoted by WCVB, "The suspect was thought to be moving through various communities in Florida, and our detective was working through the leads quickly with the help of the State Attorney’s Office and the Lee County Sheriff. We had to stay focused on the investigation until he was apprehended." He added, "We would like to identify victims of this crime so additional charges against the suspect can be considered," as per NY Post.

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At present, Caruso is now awaiting extradition back to Florida. Authorities have also notified other departments in Southwest Florida to check other changing areas and restrooms for similar devices.

Another similar incident in Ocala

In March 2022, Justin Wright was accused of hiding a video camera in a flower pot of a women's restroom. The camera was set up at Circle K on Southwest 27th Avenue, as per Fox 35. Explaining how the camera was set up, Police spokesman Jeff Walczak said, "There was a flower pot in the bathroom. What he did is cut a hole out of the flower pot that’s hanging in the ceiling, and then he placed his video camera in there."

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Penalties for video voyeurism in Florida

A person can face various charges and penalties, depending on the severity and the age of the culprit. According to Legal Beagle, "A person under the age of 19 convicted of the crime gets first-degree misdemeanor, which carries a punishment of one year in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000. An individual above 19 faces a third-degree felony charge, which carries a five-year prison sentence and a maximum fine of $5,000."

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