Charges are expected to be filed Friday against a one-time registered sex offender suspected of mounting a small video camera inside a grocery store bathroom in Cathedral City.
Jason Pomare of Desert Hot Springs, 41, was arrested at his home Monday in connection to the discovery of a video camera found inside a public single-occupancy bathroom at the Stater Bros. at 69244 Ramon Road earlier that day, according to the Cathedral City Police Department.
Officers determined that a “small, covert camera” had been affixed inside the bathroom, “for the purpose of illegal video monitoring (and) surveillance,” police said.
Through unspecified methods, police say they determined Pomare was responsible for the alleged crime and arrested him on suspicion of 11 felony counts of possessing child pornography, and 13 misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct involving the solicitation of a lewd act.
At his home in the 13000 Block of Eliseo Road in Desert Hot Springs, police said they found evidence linking him to the crime.
Police also said that Pomare may have placed several similar cameras in other stores and restaurants throughout the Coachella Valley “for the purpose of conducting illegal surveillance of adults and children inside public restrooms,” according to a police statement.
Police did not specify the locations of the cameras, but said the other known businesses have been notified.
According to police, Pomare was previously a registered sex offender in California due to an unspecified sex crime, but he is no longer required to register.
City News Service reported in 2013 that Pomare, then 33, was charged with six counts of unlawful use of a concealed camera for the purposes of sexual gratification.
Prosecutors alleged he entered a woman’s restroom in a Macy’s department store in Los Angeles dressed as a woman, with a video camera concealed in a paper bag, and secretly videotaped women using the restroom. Los Angeles Superior Court records show he pleaded no contest to the charges and was sentenced to five years probation and 20 days in county jail.
According to court records, Pomare, who lived in Palmdale during the 2013 incident, does not have any felony convictions in Riverside County.
Pomare is in custody in the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta, where he remains in lieu of $1 million bail.
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