COLUMBUS, Ohio — Police arrested an 18-year-old man on Thursday after officers found cameras in two public restrooms in Marion.
Benjamin Dunham, 18, is charged with voyeurism and interception of a wire or oral communication after officers investigated a complaint about cameras being placed in a restroom at the local YMCA and a restroom at the Marion campus of The Ohio State University.
According to the Marion Police Department, the cameras had only been in place for a brief time before being found. Officers found during the investigation that three people appear to have been captured by the illegal camera.
“This crime subjected several people to an absolute invasion of privacy. I am grateful that the suspect has been caught and will face the consequences for the choice he made to commit this crime” said Marion Police Chief Jay McDonald.
The Marion Police Department recommends that people be on the lookout for cameras in private spaces. The cameras are typically designed to look like household devices but can be checked to see whether they're real.
The first sign, police said, is a light out of place. Officers also suggest looking for Wi-Fi scanning applications to see how many networks are operating at the location.
Additionally, every camera has a small amount of reflective glass that may be observable, according to police. If you find a hidden camera in a private space, contact your local law enforcement.
Dunham has been indicted on charges of voyeurism, interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications and illegal use of minor or impaired person in nudity-oriented material or performance and is expected to appear in Marion County Common Pleas Court.