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Police: 8 victims in St. Cloud mall restroom video recording; suspect released on bail

Police: 8 victims in St. Cloud mall restroom video recording; suspect released on bail Click to Enlarge Photo:

Dec 8, 2011 at 10:56 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - As many as eight victims, including two children, were captured on cell phone video using a public restroom on Black Friday at St. Cloud's Crossroad Center Mall on a camera allegedly left there by a Rice man, St. Cloud police said Wednesday.

Joshua John Lavalle posted $2,500 cash bail and was released from the Stearns County jail Wednesday. He was charged with seven counts of interfering with privacy following his arrest for placing that camera in the unisex mall bathroom on Nov. 25. Two of the counts filed against Lavalle, 24, are felonies because children were recorded.

An employee of Crossroads Center found the phone propped up under a bathroom sink at the end of Black Friday shopping on November 25 and contacted police, St. Cloud police Sgt. Martin Sayre said.

According to the criminal complaint, Lavalle was shopping at the mall early that morning with his girlfriend when he set up the phone and started recording.

He returned to the phone several times during the early morning hours, even moving it to another bathroom as well as allowing himself to be captured on video placing the camera, investigators said.

Sayre said it appeared eight victims were seen in the various video clips, although law enforcement was unable to identify those victims based on the camera's location.

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