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Pasco man charged with 123 counts of video voyeurism

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Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2014 at 04:46 PM

TAMPA -- A Pasco County man listed as the chief financial officer of an IT service business was jailed this morning after Tampa police raided MaintenX International on Howard Avenue and seized the CFO’s computer’s hard drive, which, police said, contained 123 video images of women using the bathroom and taking showers at the business.

Charged with 123 counts of video voyeurism was James Stanton, 39, 10339 Palladio Drive, New Port Richey, an attorney who is listed as the registered agent for MaintenX International, 2202 N. Howard Ave.

He remained jailed this afternoon. Bail was set at $615,000, or $5,000 on each of the 123 counts.

Police said the videos were of five employees, three of which were identifiable. Two are current employees and one had left, said Tampa police spokeswoman Andrea Davis. The videos date back to 2010.

The case came to light when an employee was asked to service Stanton’s computer and discovered the videos, Davis said. He turned the videos over to management, but came to police when management failed to act, police said.

More charges may be filed against Stanton, and there is the possibility of others being charged as well, Davis said.

“It’s obviously something we have to look at,” she said. “We have to figure out who knew what and what evidence they had. There’s still a lot to look at. It could be that no one else will be charged, but it’s also possible others who had involvement will be charged. Right now, we don’t know.”

Police said Stanton used a video recording device to shoot more than 200 videos, Of the five victims, two were unidentifiable, Davis said, and police are trying to determine if there are more victims.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is helping examine the computer, Davis said.

“There will be an analysis of that to see if there are more videos and other victims involved,” she said.

MaintenX International did not return a message left on a voice mail this afternoon.

Police said Stanton was seen in some of the videos manipulating the camera after the women left the rooms, police said.

Anyone who feels they may be a victim is asked to call police at (813) 231-6130.

“Obviously, it’s a very difficult situation when we are going into business and we have the difficult job of showing these victims these videos and asking if the person shown was them,” Davis said. The reaction of the victims was shock, she said.

“I’m sure as it sets in, their reactions are going to be much different,” she said.

Tampa-based MaintenX International contracts with businesses nationally to provide facility repair and maintenance, according to the business’ website.

Stanton told booking officers his attorney was Rich Zaleski of Orlando.

“I’m heading to meet with Mr. Stanton now,” Zaleski wrote in an email late this afternoon. “Other than that, I’m sorry but I have no comment at this time.”

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