Evidence Supports Alleged Filming by Off-Duty Detective in Angel Stadium Bathroom, Police Say - NBC Southern California


Evidence Supports Alleged Filming by Off-Duty Detective in Angel Stadium Bathroom, Police Say



    Detective Accused of Filming in Angel Stadium Mens' Room

    Officers issued a citation to off-duty Los Angeles police Detective Ryan Caplette and released him, but they say they seized some sort of video recording device. Eric Leonard reports for the NBC4 News on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019)

    Police in Anaheim said Wednesday investigators have found video evidence that backs up allegations an off-duty LAPD detective, who also serves as a department chaplain, was making video recordings inside a men's room while attending a baseball game at Angel Stadium.

    Detectives obtained a search warrant for a portable electronic device that contained the recordings, Anaheim Police Sgt. Daron Wyatt confirmed.

    Evidence that supports the bathroom videotaping claim were recovered, he said, though he declined to describe the recording device. Police were called June 8 after another person attending the game reported someone was recording inside a men's room.

    Anaheim police said officers issued a citation to LAPD Detective Ryan P. Caplette and Caplette was released. No criminal charges have been filed.

    "These allegations, if true, are deeply disgusting; filming inside a public restroom is unacceptable and inexcusable," the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the officers' union, said in a statement. "Police officers are entrusted to protect the public, not exploit them. There is no room in law enforcement for anyone who violates that trust."

    Caplette has been assigned to home while the incident is investigated, an LAPD spokesperson said. He worked at the Department's Employee Relations Group, which handles workplace and labor issues. Caplette also served as one of the departments peer support officers with experience in "Christianity struggles."

    LAPD records show he was hired in 2008.

    The department declined to comment on his involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters Los Angeles, which recognized Caplette at an awards banquet in 2017, according to photos from the event posted online.

    "We are aware of the allegations and are actively monitoring the situation. Our thoughts are with the individuals who have been impacted," Big Brothers Big Sisters Los Angeles said in a statement Wednesday.

    Wyatt said if Anaheim investigators saw evidence that related to additional incidents that occurred in other locations, the local law enforcement agencies there would be notified.

    He could not confirm whether or not that had happened.

    An official familiar with the LAPD's side of the investigation told NBCLA its internal affairs detectives were checking reports some video records found on the device appeared to have been made inside restrooms and locker rooms at the LAPD's Headquarters building in downtown LA.

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