A Lexington man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to allegedly hiding a cellphone in a locker room at Saint Joseph East hospital and recording female employees changing clothes, the Fayette District Court clerk's office said.
Marc P. Bajarin, 43, is charged with third-degree voyeurism, according to Fayette District Court documents.
An arrest warrant filed Wednesday said Bajarin was a sterilization technician at the hospital. St. Joseph East spokeswoman Barbara Mackovic did not name Bajarin on Wednesday but said the employee who had been identified as the owner of the phone had been placed on leave until the police investigation is completed.
The warrant said that on Feb. 13, an unnamed hospital employee found a telephone hidden "in a manner to video record" or take photos in a locker room where female employees changed clothes. The phone was taped to a piece of paper and held up with magnets inside a locker, the warrant said. The phone camera was positioned at a hole in the locker where an old combination or key lock used to be. The hole allowed the camera to view people without obstruction if they were in view of the locker, the warrant said.
The video captured several women in the locker room over a two-hour period, the warrant said. The camera recorded some staffers changing into scrubs for work.
A police forensic analysis showed that the cellphone belonged to Bajarin and that it had been backed up and synched to his computer, the warrant said.
Bajarin initially said he had lost his phone before admitting to police that he rigged the phone in the locker, according to the warrant.
"He maintained that he put the camera there to record alleged criminal activity, but admitted that he knew that it was a female-only changing room. A check with hospital security found that Mr. Bajarin never reported any alleged criminal activity nor was he working with security to catch others in criminal activity," the warrant said.
Bajarin was arrested Tuesday, according to court records. He was released from the Fayette County Detention Center after paying 10 percent of a $2,500 bond, Cpl. Jay Rice said.
Mackovic said hospital officials are cooperating with police. She said no other locker rooms in the hospital were affected.
"We want to ensure the safety and privacy of our employees and are installing an enhanced security system entry lock for the locker rooms so that no unauthorized personnel may enter the area," she said.
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