New details in dentist videotaping case

August 25, 2008 9:17:52 PM PDT
The dentist accused of secretly videotaping patients in the bathroom appeared in court this morning. Instead of his dental office, Doctor Byron Weinle found himself in court today. He's accused of videotaping people in the bathroom at his practice in southeast Houston.

Dr. Weinle, a licensed dentist for 25 years, faced a judge for the first time. He was charged last Thursday. The prosecutor read probable cause against him and another court date was set.

He's charged with four counts of improper photography. Eyewitness News was there when officers used a ladder to search the bathroom at Magnolia Dental Center on South Wayside for cameras. They didn't find any, but they did find 11 videotapes of people using the restroom. He has told police he stopped the recordings two years ago.

When he left the courtroom today, he didn't answer any questions. That's after we learned a little more from the prosecutor on how the equipment was set up.

"Based on the probable cause, it was a closed circuit TV. He had a monitor in his office," said prosecutor Tiffany Johnson. "He had cameras in the bathroom and he was filming women in the bathroom."

Two of his female employees found the videos and called authorities. Police say since looking at those videos, there could be over 100 patients on them. Police still want to hear from any potential victims out there.

Meantime, Dr. Weinle is out on bond. His next court appearance is set for September 26.

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