PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Prosecutors say a Paterson man used cameras in the bathrooms of a book store and a home to surreptitiously take pictures of women and children.

(credit: Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office)

According to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Juan Mejia, 46, faces charges of invasion of privacy and endangering the welfare of a child.

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Authorities say Mejia hid in the women’s bathroom stall at book store in Clifton and secretly recorded two women who were using neighboring stalls.

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Further investigation revealed that Mejia had previously hidden a camera in the bathroom of a home in Paterson in 2019 and recorded images of children, prosecutors said.

Mejia faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted on the most serious charge.

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CBSNewYork Team