Man charged with putting cameras in restrooms in Tenn., Ky.

Man charged with putting cameras in restrooms in Tennessee, Kentucky

Randall R. Rogers (source: Bell County Sheriff's Office) Randall R. Rogers (source: Bell County Sheriff's Office)

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MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WATE) - A man is facing charges for allegedly putting cameras in men's restrooms at the city park in Harrogate and a Walmart in Middlesboro, Kentucky.

Police in Middlesboro say the investigation of Randall R. Rogers, 49, of Speedwell, Tennessee, began in December 2011. 

He's accused of placing small cameras in a little white box on the back of the toilet tank in the men's restroom at the Middlesboro Walmart.

"It was on the back of the commode and looked like an air freshener," said Lt. Tom Busic with Middlesboro Police, explaining what one of the cameras looked like.

Police say they found video of boys and men using the restroom on the camera.

"The cameras only showed the genital area of the people using the bathroom. You can't tell their faces. It's a very wide angle lens," Lt. Busic explained.

From the video, they got a fuzzy picture of Rogers installing the camera, but were unable to identify him at the time.

Rogers is also suspected of putting a similar camera in the men's restroom at Harrogate City Park. 

In fact, it was video on a similar camera found in a bathroom stall at the park that helped police identify and track him down.

"We live in a great community and for someone to violate our bathroom like this is so dangerous," said Barbara Crumley. Crumley's six grandchildren play at the park along with several other kids.

Rogers was arrested in Middlesboro on Monday when police said he returned to Walmart. Police found more cameras, including a wireless camera disguised to look like a smoke detector.

He's charged in Kentucky with seven counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, six counts of promoting a minor under 16 in a sex performance and one count of video voyeurism.

Investigators seized several computers from his home. They don't know long Rogers could have been doing this, or how many public restrooms he may have hidden cameras in. They hope to get some idea from what they find on his computers.  

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