NBC 6- A man is facing serious charges after FBI officials said he placed a hidden camera inside a public restroom on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that filmed more than 150 people including children.
Jeremy Froias was arrested on charges of video voyeurim and attempted possession of child exploitation material, according to an FBI arrest affidavit obtained Tuesday.
The alleged incident happened aboard Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas, which left Miami on April 29 for a 7-day cruise with stops in Saint Maarten, San Juan and the Bahamas, the affidavit said.
According to the affidavit, on April 30, as the ship was in international waters, Froias installed the hidden Wi-Fi camera in a public bathroom on the aft of the top deck, between the “Flow Rider” surfing simulator and a bar.
The camera was placed in a section of the wall above the door that had been removed for repairs, and the only portion visible was the cameras lens itself, the affidavit said.
On May 1, a passenger noticed the hidden camera and reported it to crew, who seized the device.
The camera had a micro SD card and when the data on the card was reviewed, it had several hours worth of video files, the affidavit said.
The initial videos showed Froias hiding the camera and adjusting the angle so it focuses on the area of the toilet, the affidavit said.
Froias is also seen taking his iPhone out of his pocket and appearing to connect the phone to the hidden camera using Wi-Fi, the affidavit said.
Videos on the card showed more than 150 people, including what appears to be at least 40 minors as young as 4 or 5, who are seen coming into the bathroom to use the toilet or change in or out of swim suits, in various stages of undress, the affidavit said.
The ship’s securty interviewed Froias, who admitted to placing the hidden camera in the bathroom, the affidavit said.
Froias said he knew it had been found and taken because he’d gone to look for it and couldn’t find it, the affidavit said.
The FBI is still investigating and seeking to identify potential victims who may have been recorded in the bathroom.
As part of their effort, the FBI has a form that potential victims can fill out.