A Lake Geneva man has been charged with secretly videotaping a co-worker in a restroom at the company where they both worked.
Nathan A. Russell, 25, was arrested after the co-worker reported finding a cellphone recording video in a men’s room at Medicoil, a medical supply firm at 1001 Geneva Parkway.
Police say Russell had earlier recorded video of himself placing the cellphone in the men’s room, and that police used that video to identify him as a suspect.
“He made it real easy for us,” Lake Geneva police Lt. Ed Gritzner said.
The Walworth County district attorney on Jan. 18 charged Russell with capturing an intimate representation without consent — a felony punishable by up to three years and six months in prison.
He is also charged with a misdemeanor count of attempting to capture an intimate representation without consent.
The charges are pending in Walworth County Circuit Court. Court records indicate the defendant is represented by the county public defender’s office, but his attorney could not be reached for comment.
Lake Geneva police confirmed that the alleged cellphone incident occurred at Medicoil.
Medicoil issued a statement concerning the criminal case: “As soon as we were notified of the incident, appropriate actions were taken, and the matter was turned over to the authorities.”
According to the criminal complaint, a co-worker inside a restroom at Medicoil noticed a cellphone pointed at him from under a wall-mounted trash can. The co-worker found that the phone was recording video of him using the toilet, the complaint states.
After the co-worker deleted the video of himself, he found another video that showed Russell placing the cellphone in the restroom and then using the toilet himself, the complaint states.
Police reported that Russell later admitted the cellphone belonged to him. He told police he planned to share videos of himself on the internet.
According to the complaint, Russell told police he was “involved with a ‘rough group’” that he met at a nightclub in Milwaukee, and that the group was interested in fetishes.
Russell told police he was in financial trouble and that the group told him he could make money if he would either “do sex acts or make videos and sell them,” the complaint states.
Gritzner said police are investigating Russell’s account of why he allegedly was videotaping in the restroom at work.