Bathroom peeper pleads guilty
BRIDGEPORT — Arnaldo Camacho claimed he just got the wrong bathroom stall.
But the local man is facing two years in prison after he pleaded guilty Wednesday to secretly photographing a 14-year-old boy in a bathroom stall at the Trumbull Shopping Park.
Camacho, 30, of Thorme Street, pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti to risk of injury to a child and voyeurism.
Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Tatiana Messina told the judge she will recommend Camacho serve two years in prison, followed by five years of probation when he is sentenced on July 1.
But the judge told Camacho he will consider putting him in a supervised diversionary program if he completes sex offender treatment.
On June 19, 2018, police were dispatched to the Trumbull Shopping Mall. A man told officers that his 14-year-old son had been secretly photographed while in the bathroom. The father was holding Camacho, who he said had done the photographing.
Police said the youth told them he had gone into the bathroom and was in a stall when he looked up and saw a cell phone pointing at him from over the stall’s divider. The youth said when he came out of the stall, Camacho was standing in the bathroom holding the cell phone.
Police said the boy left the bathroom and notified his father who was standing nearby. The father than grabbed Camacho.
Police said Camacho admitted that he had taken two photos of the boy but claimed he had deleted them. Camacho claimed he had previously arranged on the phone app Grindr to meet a man in the mall bathroom for video purposes but apparently had gotten the wrong bathroom stall.
Police said when they examined Camacho’s cell phone they found no photos of the youth, but they did find videos of adult men seated on toilets in bathroom stalls.