Man suspected of videotaping women in a restroom

Man suspected of videotaping women in a restroom
Man suspected of videotaping women in a restroom 

By Larry Altman
Staff Writer

A worker at a Gardena aerospace parts manufacturer attached a tiny 
camera in a restroom and transmitted video of at least one woman to his 
desk as she used a toilet, police said today.

Ryan Castillo, 29, was arrested Tuesday at his home in the 
unincorporated area between Harbor Gateway and Carson, Gardena police 
Lt. Ed Burnett said.

At first, officials at Space-Lok Inc. at 13306 Halldale Ave. suspected 
that Castillo had hacked into files in the firm's computer network and 
e-mail system.

But when they began examining his computer Monday, they found something 
else on his desk - an iPod-sized receiver with a small video screen, 
Burnett said.

On it, they discovered, several video clips of a female employee using 
the company restroom, police said.

"It was being wireless transferred to this receiver," Burnett said 
today. "It's still early on. We don't know how many people are in the 
video clips."

So far, police know of one particular woman who appeared to be targeted. 
Castillo, police said, attached sugar-cube sized cameras on drain pipes 
under the sinks in two restrooms, covering them with insulation.

The cameras' pinhole-sized lenses pointed at the toilets, which were 
across from the sinks. The bathrooms, used by both men and women, had 
one toilet and a sink, with no stall.

Burnett said investigators do not know if Castillo was watching live. A 
couple of wires on the cameras transmitted to the receiver at his desk. 
Police confiscated his computer and are examining it for evidence.

Officers booked Castillo at the Gardena jail on suspicion of 
unauthorized access to a computer network, which is a felony. He also 
was held on suspicion of observing a person in a restroom, a 
misdemeanor. He was released after posting $30,000 bail.

Officials at Space-Lok are looking into what files Castillo allegedly 
hacked. They will provide that information to police, Burnett said.

It was unclear what Castillo did at the company. A company official hung 
up when a reporter contacted him today at the business.

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