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Published on September 23, 2022 at 10:21 am

A voyeurism investigation began Thursday after a person in Hamilton found a hidden cell phone, which was recording, inside a bathroom stall at an eastside Tim Hortons.

Hamilton Police (HPS) officers were called to the coffee chain store at 30 Queenston Road. around 11 a.m. yesterday (September 22). In the women’s restroom, where an adult had just entered with a child, they found a cell phone covered in toilet paper.

There was a small hole in the paper for the camera and the phone was wedged in a disposable coffee cup.

Media reports indicate that HPS confirmed the camera was recording, but it is not yet established how long or how many customer privacy expectations were breached.

Under the Criminal Code of Canada, voyeurism is a criminal offense punishable by up to five years in prison, on summary conviction. It is considered a crime of a sexual nature and a perpetrator may end up on the National Sex Offender Registry.

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