Joliet janitor accused of hiding pen camera in nursing college bathroom

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Frederick Brown, 44, is charged with unlawful videotaping after a woman found a camera pen in a bathroom stall at the University of St. Francis. (WLS)

A Joliet janitor is accused of hiding a camera in a women's bathroom at a nursing college.

Frederick Brown, 44, is charged with felony counts of unlawful videotaping after a woman found a camera pen in a bathroom stall at the University of St. Francis. Officials said the recording was made at an administrative building a few miles away from the main campus.

A female University of St. Francis staff member noticed a red blinking like in a bathroom stall on Monday morning and immediately notified campus security and police.

"They went through all of the bathrooms, all of the shower areas, everything and they found absolutely nothing. So as far as we know this is really an isolated incident," said Sister MaryElizabeth Imler, University of St. Francis.

Detectives traced the camera back to the school janitor because he apparently accidentally recorded a quick shot of himself.

While there were no other recordings from university bathrooms, police found other two other videos from a residential bathroom.

"We contacted his fiancee at her residence and were able to match her bathroom with the bathroom in the video and she was also able to identify her two daughters who he videotaped. They were 19 and 20 years old," said Deputy Chief Alan Roechner, Joliet Police.

When asked if she was surprised, Roeschner responded: "Quite upset, as you can imagine."

The janitor is now suspended from his job and banned from campus.
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