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Canadian authorities say they have charged a man for secretly filming a 19-year-old woman in a Toronto public changing room at a lingerie boutique while she was working as a “model”.
The alleged offender is charged with “corruption of a minor” and “prohibited recording”. Canadian media have identified him as Ahamad Zahidi, 34.
The Canadian Press reported that police said he admitted to hiding a video camera inside his shorts. A police spokesman told the Associated Press: “We are alleging it was filming a young girl in a private changing room at a store on Yonge Street.”
The man was released on bail and a hearing is scheduled for 1 May.
Police have been searching for the man after he allegedly filmed the woman with the camera, known as a disposable GoPro camera, inside the Bomber club changing room in downtown Toronto on Friday.
In a statement released by Toronto police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray, the alleged offender told police he had hidden the camera in his shorts “so it would not be seen”.
The woman then discovered the camera and told the manager, who reported the issue to police, police said.
Police are not revealing the model’s name and have said her identity will not be released as the matter remains under investigation.
“She is someone who was working here as a model and we were very distressed,” Bomber club manager Gus Shi said. “I hope you get through this soon.”
In December, another Toronto man was charged for an alleged illicit video at the same store, police said. He is charged with voyeurism and possession of child pornography.
Yale Summers, 26, was detained after allegedly hiding a hidden camera in a closet. He is charged with two counts of voyeurism and one count of possession of child pornography.
At the time, Shiite said: “We don’t want people to think we’re not safe. There is surveillance everywhere, it’s just a question of taking precaution.”
Police officers attended the Bomber Club but it is unclear whether they were at the time of the alleged incident on Friday.
The Bomber Club was founded in 1972 as a women’s only-only club and has since expanded to include a men’s clothing store.
“Every night a brave woman puts on her vest, bra and panties to come into our store and look sexy, be seen and strut around in the lingerie we sell,” the club’s website says.