Louisiana Man Arrested After Recording Device Discovered in Women's Restroom

A Louisiana man was arrested after a recording device was found in the women's restroom of a local restaurant, the Sulphur Police Department has confirmed.

Steven Davis, 56, was arrested on Tuesday on one count of video voyeurism. He is being held at Calcasieu Correctional Center on a $70,000 bond.

The Sulphur Police Department also issued a warning for the public to be vigilant against recording devices in areas where privacy is expected. They did confirm that the device was found before any individual could be captured on the recording.

"The Sulphur Police Department urges everyone to stay observant in areas where privacy is expected, and notify your local law enforcement agency if there is any suspicion of being recorded when an expectation of privacy is apparent," The Sulphur Police Department said.

Newsweek has contacted the Sulphur Police Department for comment and more information.

California police dealt with a similar crime in August last year. Newsweek reported on a parishioner of a church in California who was arrested after hidden cameras were found inside the women's bathrooms.

Stephen Ramirez, aged 32, was accused of planting two recording devices inside the female restrooms at the L.A. Pentecostal Church at 8300 Eastern Avenue in Bell Gardens.

Authorities were called to the church after staff found the camera on August 29, 2021. Ramirez was persuaded by church officials to turn himself in to the police not long after.

Police Chief Scott Fairfield released a statement thanking church members for their help in the investigation and identification of the suspect.

"I am confident that the immediate response by Church leaders kept other members of our community from being victimized by this individual," Fairfield said."

Similarly, a youth pastor in Florida was arrested in June 2021 after a surveillance camera in the bathroom of his church was found.

Newsweek reported that David Patrick Nims, aged 37, was charged with one count of video voyeurism by a person 18 or older, who is responsible for the welfare of a child younger than 16.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and an additional 15 years of sex offender probation and a $10,000 fine under Florida law.

Authorities said a 14-year-old boy entered the bathroom of the Calvary Baptist Church in Pensacola. He noticed the camera was pointed at him while using the restroom and threw it away. He then went and told his youth pastor.

The Escambia County Sheriff's Department said their investigators identified Nims as a suspect. The church's pastor, Walt Magah, released a statement after Nim's arrest.

"We are grieved and saddened by the allegations and circumstances regarding the arrest of Patrick Nims. We are cooperating fully with law enforcement as they conduct their ongoing investigation and stand ready to provide care and ministry toward those involved and/or affected as information is shared with us, if it is shared," Magah told NBC 15 News.

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