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Janitor at Louisville airport accused of recording men in bathroom stalls

According to police, the janitor tried to delete at least six videos of men in the airport's bathroom before officers arrived.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — An airport janitor in Louisville has been arrested and now faces several charges of video voyeurism after he was accused of recording people in bathroom stalls.

According to Louisville Airport Police, a man reported to an officer that a janitor at Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport was using their cell phone to record him while he was naked, sitting in a closed bathroom stall on Monday.

When airport police arrived, they found Rogelio Tellez-Ramirez, who was arrested and taken into questioning where he was read his Miranda Rights with the help of a translator. 

According to the arrest citation, Tellez-Ramirez unlocked his phone and gave officers consent to search his video files where police say they found more than six videos on different days of recordings of men in a private stall at the airport's bathrooms.

Police claim Tellez-Ramirez tried to delete all the videos prior to officers' arrival as the videos were all found in his phone's deleted folder.

The citation indicates he then requested an attorney and the phone was put in airplane mode and plugged in, pending a search warrant.

"It is believed that there are many more videos on his deleted files," the citation said.

Tellez-Ramirez has been charged with six counts of video voyeurism and one count of tampering with physical evidence.

According to an airport spokesperson, the investigation remains open and ongoing. No additional information was made available at this time.

The arrest citation makes no reference to Tellez-Ramirez sharing the videos or obtaining them for "consideration." However, the video voyeurism charge requires that detail.

"The prosecution is going to have to prove that Mr. Tellez did something with those videos other than just possessing them," Attorney Hans Poppe said. He has no affiliation with the case but explained the charges. 

"Video Voyeurism is the technical term in the statute but it's basically Kentucky's peeping Tom law," he said.

The law is broken up into two charges. Voyeurism is a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to a year in prison while Video Voyeurism is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

The difference hinges on if Tellez-Ramirez recorded the video to distribute it or for "consideration." 

"The consideration could be simply, you show me your images and I will show you my images," Poppe explained.

In court Tuesday morning, Tellez-Ramirez pleaded not guilty to his charges. A judge set his bond at $50,000.

Tellez-Ramirez's next court hearing is scheduled for Dec. 14. 

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