Ypsilanti man to stand trial over cameras found in eateries

Associated Press

Ypsilanti – A southeastern Michigan man is heading to trial for allegedly hiding cameras disguised as USB chargers in the bathrooms of several restaurants.

Brad R. Szachta of Ypsilanti waived preliminary examination last Thursday and is scheduled for a Feb. 24 pretrial hearing before a Washtenaw County trial court judge. He faces six counts of illegally capturing or distributing images of an unclothed person, and four marijuana possession charges, court records show.

Szachta, 33, was arrested last June after an Ypsilanti police investigation allegedly found evidence that he was secretly recording and/or sharing video and images from various Ypsilanti-area businesses, The Ann Arbor News reported.

Police were contacted in May after a restaurant manager found two USB cameras plugged into each of the restaurant’s unisex bathrooms. Investigators told the manager the recordings seized in that investigation were from bathrooms in various other Ypsilanti businesses but not that restaurant.

Police have not named which businesses the recordings were made in.

A message seeking comment was left Tuesday at the law office of Szachta’s attorney.