Camera in Bathroom 08 Dec 11

Authorities say a cellphone camera that recorded users of a Crossroads Center unisex bathroom also recorded someone who knew the camera was there and why.

A Rice man has been charged in connection with the incident.

According to the complaint, the cellphone contained a video of the suspect placing the cellphone in the bathroom.

The complaint filed in Stearns County District Court charges 24-year-old Joshua John Lavalle with seven counts of interfering with privacy, two of which are felonies because children were recorded.

Lavalle posted the $2,500 necessary for cash bail and was released from jail Wednesday.

Police believe as many as eight victims were recorded by the cellphone, which was found at about 9:40 p.m. November 25th by a mall employee at the end of the Black Friday shopping day. The phone was found propped up in the baseboards under a sink in one of two family restrooms at the mall.

Officers interviewed his girlfriend, who said she and Lavalle were at Crossroads Center early November 25th and that Lavalle had entered the family restrooms multiple times that day after telling her that he “did not feel well.”