Looks like we’re heading into another terror era with this wacky, paranoid, hypocritical, witch-hunting culture of ours. Egged on of course by our 21st-century yellow-journalism media.
Bottom line here? He was taking videos at his work site, and he works at a pool. Big frigging deal.
Burbank Police have arrested a Burbank Park & Recreation employee after he was caught shooting cell phone video in the lifeguards locker room at Verdugo Pool.
The man, identified as a current lifeguard at the pool, was caught by a staff member with the phone earlier in the day. After the staff member reported the incident to their supervisor, the man was confronted by the supervisor and his phone was confiscated which had the video that he shot still on it.
According to a source that could not be identified, the employee has been with the City as a employee since 2009 and was promoted to lifeguard in 2010.
Burbank police were asked about the incident and only confirmed that an arrest had been made and did not identify the employee and will be putting out a statement at a later time.
The employee was put immediately on paid leave with the City Attorney’s Office is aggressively pursuing termination and charges.
It was not immediately known if the person being taped was a member of the public or a staff member.
There is also a possibility that the phone might have been placed in public locker rooms. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Burbank Police at 818 238-3000
Termination for what? If it was in his own locker room then it’s like he was shooting pics in his own office. What’s on the tape? That’s what counts. Maybe he was making a film or a documentary.
Don’t laugh. People in Burbank do this all the time. Where do you think we live? Unless there’s something truly culpable there, this is insane. And who confiscated the phone anyway? The supervisor? On what legal grounds?
Remember that fruit of the poisoned tree thing?
(p.s — you think anyone in the rest of the media will think to ask what he shot? Or will they just swallow whole the official fear and paranoia?)
UPDATE: the story’s been changed several times since this version– each time certain information leaning towards his innocence was replaced with allegations about the evidence. The latest version leaves out the supervisor’s intercession.
Again, who seized the phone from the employee? His lawyers will certainly want to know. It sounds like an illegal seizure, and also a huge, huge custody of evidence problem. The phone didn’t go straight from suspect to PD.
Legally, that supervisor should NEVER have taken that phone away from the employee. Which explains why the news story was later altered to hide this fact.
As you can probably tell, we don’t believe anything we read in the papers when it relies entirely upon statements from the police. It doesn’t matter where.
Why is that? It’s because we’ve known too many lawyers!
So they weren’t nudes:
Montano has been arrested and booked into the Burbank City Jail for possessing images of a minor, which he used for the purpose of sexual stimulation and on six counts of concealing a camera to videotape the less than fully clothed bodies of others without their knowledge, for the purpose of sexual gratification.
Because if they were, they’d be saying it. So absent nudity and sexual situations, exactly what are those charges? A good attorney could make mincemeat of this case. And if he was using the camera himself, he wasn’t in concealment. They saw him!
And he works at a POOL on top of that! So this “less than fully clothed” bit is total b.s. Everyone there is.
What this means folks is that ANYONE can be arrested for taking photos at the beach, at the pool, or in your own locker room. Or photos of your female co-workers. You’re doing it for sexual stimulation!
No? Prove your not…
We also find it difficult to believe that any lifeguard employee would be doing this after almost 10 years on the job. It would have been discovered much, much earlier if truly illegal and sexual in nature.