An employee of a Hilton Head Island convenience store has been accused of hiding a video camera in the women's bathroom, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.
A woman in the restroom of the Kangaroo Express at 71 Mathews Drive accidentally dislodged the camera from its hiding spot in the toilet-paper dispenser July 23, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. The customer notified store clerks and the Sheriff's Office, which seized the camera.
Emilio Felipe Derutte-Casas, 50, of Hilton Head faces a Peeping Tom charge, and if convicted of the misdemeanor, he faces as many as three years in prison.
Sgt. Robin McIntosh, sheriff's spokeswoman, said Derutte-Casas had been surreptitiously filming the bathroom with a video camera for at least a month, possibly longer.
"It hasn't been continuously running," McIntosh said. "Basically, he would run it for a couple hours when he was working during his shift."
McIntosh would not say how investigators determined Derutte-Casas was responsible because the case remains open.
Deputies searched Derutte-Casas' apartment at Woodlake Villas on Thursday, where they seized "computers and other evidence," a Sheriff's Office release states.
Derutte-Casas does not have proper residency documents, McIntosh said. He has been placed on hold in the Beaufort County Detention Center pending an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to determine his residency status. He was born in Peru, according to the jail log.
A manager at the Kangaroo station who answered the phone Friday declined to comment on the case or say whether Derutte-Casas has been fired.
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