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Hidden camera found in gas station bathroom

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

A shocking discovery was made inside the bathroom of a gas station in one of the busiest parts of town. A woman was horrified to see her every move was being caught on a hidden camera.

The victim tells police she found the camera in the bathroom of a Shell station at the West Loop and Westheimer, right in the heart of the Galleria area. And the bathroom wasn't the only place investigators say a camera was recording women inappropriately.

Investigators don't know for how long the cameras were operational at this busy Shell gas station but they know there were several victims.

"It was set up where he could see the women unrobing, taking their clothes off and using the restroom and filming that," said Donna Hawkins with the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

A manager at the station tells me Godfrey Bacerra, 26, is no longer employed there. Knowing that he's bonded out of jail, we went by his house in southwest Houston, but we were turned away.

Police say Bacerra got caught when a woman using the restroom saw the camera under the sink. She took the camera and handed it over to police, who say there is video of Bacerra setting up the camera in the bathroom and at the checkout register in such a way as to videotape up women's skirts.

"It's a felony offense," Hawkins said. "It's a state jail felony and he's looking at anywhere from six months to two years in the state jail and up to a $10,000 fine."

Bacerra has bonded out of jail. He has a court date pending.

We spoke with the woman who found the camera, but she wasn't willing to talk on camera. The company that owns the gas station did not return repeated calls for comment.

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