An off-duty LAPD detective has been charged with dozens of criminal charges after he was allegedly spotted trying to secretly record men using the restroom at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
The Anaheim City Attorney's Office said Friday it filed 37 misdemeanor counts of peeping with intent to invade privacy and 37 counts secretly videotaping in a restroom against Ryan Caplette, 42. He was also charged with a single count of loitering.
Anaheim Police said a search warrant was obtained for a video recording device and the images of 37 men were recorded in Anaheim. "Additional crimes which occurred in Los Angeles have been referred to the Los Angeles Police Department for investigation," a spokesman said.
Caplette, who works as a detective at the LAPD’s Employee Relations Group, was detained by a citizen during an Angel’s game June 8 and was issued a citation, police said. Caplette was assigned to home while the incident is investigated, an LAPD spokesperson said. 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. The group said it was aware of the allegations but declined to answer questions about the incident.
The LA Police Protective League, the officers’ union, said the allegations were, if true, deeply disgusting. "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 could not be reached for comment at his home, and officials did not know if he had hired an attorney.