Arizona Flight Attendant Who Used Peephole to Video Men and Young Boys Going to the Bathroom Sentenced

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A flight attendant who used a peephole to video men and young boys in the bathroom has been sentenced DANIEL SLIM / Getty Images

An American Airlines (AA) flight attendant has been given five years' probation for spying on men and boys in public restrooms and capturing video footage of them.

Phoenix-based Gordon Harold Nobriga, 50—who has been an AA employee for 16 years—was arrested by special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) on December 30, 2017 as he was trying to leave the country through El Paso, Texas, 9News reports.

According to authorities, his phone contained "numerous videos of men and boys using public restrooms," which appear to have been taken through a peephole in a restroom compartment.

Nobriga told HSI investigators that the footage was captured in a store, but he refused to specify which one.

Because he is from Phoenix, officials sent the phone to the Homeland Security Office there, and a local investigation found that the videos were taken in a Walmart store in the city.

Officials were also able to source surveillance footage which showed Nobriga entering the bathroom several times over the space of two months, spending hours inside during each visit.

HIS say they have identified two victims—a 14-year-old boy and an older man—both of whom have no connection to Nobriga.

The 50-year-old was detained as he disembarked a flight at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix on May 25, this year.

He was initially charged with 11 counts of voyeurism. On August 16, Nobriga pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted voyeurism and was sentenced to five years of supervised probation.

He admitted that he took the videos, but denies distributing any of them.

In a statement released after Nobriga's arrest, AA said: "We take this matter very seriously and have been cooperating with law enforcement throughout their investigation. Since this case is a pending criminal matter, we must refer all questions to Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix."