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Rochester police arrest former newspaper reporter

Rochester police officers recently arrested a former reporter for the Rochester Times on 13 criminal charges including a felony for falsifying physical evidence.

The 45-year-old also faces a dozen charges of invasion of privacy after one of his female co-workers said she had discovered a hidden camera in a women's bathroom at the newspaper's offices.

Invasion of privacy is a class A misdemeanor.

Last week, police seized the man's work computer, as well as flash drives, a cell phone and a digital camera in his possession from the Merchant's Plaza building where he had worked part-time as a reporter for 10 years.

A woman had told police she spotted what she believed was an "eraser-size" camera hidden in the ceiling of the bathroom there.

The suspect reportedly told her the device was actually not a camera and that he had removed it and thrown it away.

The woman noticed the device on a recent workday afternoon and told the man about her discovery and showed the device to him. According to her statement to police, the suspect then pulled the device out of the ceiling. She said that to her, the device "appeared to be a small, black camera" soldered to a small circuit board and battery.

The woman told police that the suspect agreed to inform police of her discovery, but that she later found out that he had failed to do so.

He reportedly explained to her that he had figured out that the device was just a red light and that he had tossed it into a dumpster.

When the newspaper learned of the man's arrest, he was suspended from his job and soon after, terminated.

These kinds of charges can obviously do extensive damage to a person's career, reputation and family life, which is why they must be addressed as quickly and effectively as possible by an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Source: Fosters.com, "Police arrest former reporter in bathroom camera case," Oct. 17, 2013

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