Border Patrol supervisor pleads guilty to video voyeurism
SAN DIEGO — A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor plead guilty Thursday to federal charges for secretly placing a camera in a women’s restroom at a Border Patrol facility in Chula Vista where several of his female co-workers were videotaped in various stages of undress.
Armando Gonzalez, 46, faces up to 12 years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 17.
Gonzalez was arrested in March after a camera was found January 9. Court documents stated Gonzalez made false statements when he stated that the images captured on the hidden camera, were not related to a drug investigation, were deleted, when in fact they were saved.
According to the statement of probable cause, Gonzalez told officials that he placed the video recorder in the restroom because he suspected one of his employees was engaging in illegal drug use at work.
Prosecutors also said Gonzalez initially reported the camera had been in place briefly.
“He told agents when he self reported that the camera had been there for only a few days when in truth and in fact it had been there for at least two years, we have evidence of videos going back that long,” said Alessandra Serano, Assistant U.S. Attorney.
Serano also said Gonzalez made more than 300 videos.
Beginning in July 2013 and continuing through at least Jan. 9 of this year, Gonzalez captured images of women’s private areas without their consent, according to the charging document.
When F.B.I agents searched Gonzalez’s camera, they found more than 160 different recordings in the camera’s memory card.
Two of the victims, including the agent who found the camera, asked the court to grant them restraining orders against Gonzalez, claiming they’re afraid Gonzalez, who has access to firearms, will come after them.
Gonzalez is married and has a very supportive family, according to his attorney.