|For Immediate Release
Case # 11CM08525
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
INTERN CONVICTED OF SECRETLY VIDEOTAPING MEN UNDER SANTA ANA CITY HALL RESTROOM STALLS USING HIS CELL PHONE
SANTA ANA – An intern for the City of Santa Ana was convicted and sentenced today for surreptitiously creating 64 videotapes using his cell phone of men while the victims were using restrooms in City Hall. Miguel Ruiz Fabian, 24, Santa Ana, pleaded guilty to eight misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct by unlawful viewing and was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of formal probation.
At the time of the crime, Fabian was an engineering student at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and was an intern for the City of Santa Ana Public Works Department.
On 64 occasions over 23 separate days between Dec. 28, 2010, and May 31, 2011, Fabian used his cell phone video camera to surreptitiously record men using the restroom at Santa Ana City Hall and the Santa Ana City Hall Annex. He entered bathroom stalls and put his phone on the floor to record men in the adjacent stall urinating and defecating.
On May 31, 2011, a victim looked down while using the restroom and observed a cell phone on the floor at the foot of his stall. He grabbed the phone, identified Fabian as the owner, and called 911.
The victims were primarily employees of the City of Santa Ana and all of the victims who could be identified have been contacted by the Santa Ana Police Department, who investigated this case. The identities of some of the victims are still unknown.
Deputy District Attorney Brad Schoenleben prosecuted this case.