Manager accused of filming women using bathroom
by Brian Farrell, Velma Scaife
Posted on April 21, 2011 at 11:16 PM
Updated Friday, Apr 22 at 5:28 PM
NEWPORT NEWS -- When a female employee at Hope Medical Institute in Oyster Point went to use the ladies' room, she found co-worker Jayesh Shah adjusting ceiling tiles.
Questioning why the business' manager of sales and marketing was there and what he was doing, she reported Shah.
Newport News police officers got to the company, located at 11835 Rock Landing Drive, and recovered a camera which, they say, Shah admitted he planted in the ceiling.
Master Police Officer Harold Eley said the 49-year-old also said he recorded five women as they used the bathroom.
Shah, who lives in the 400 block of Belmont Circle in the Coventry section of York County,was arrested Thursday on five counts of Unlawful Filming. The Class 1 Misdemeanor carries a penalty of as long as 1 year in jail, and/or a fine of as much as $2,500. That means Shah could get a sentence of 5 years and/or a fine of $12,500.
Shah was released on bail and is due in court May 9, officials at Newport News General District Court told WVEC.com.
On Friday, a representative for the school told 13News that Shah no longer works there and they don't know how long this activity has been happening.
James Womack, the director of career development and student affairs, said the whole office staff is upset.
"All of us are hurt by this. It just caught everybody off guard. You never suspect anything like this will happen," Womack said. "It's a teachable moment. It's going to allow us to review our tactics in how we hire people," he added.
13News stopped at Shah's townhouse Thursday night. Although at least one person was inside the home, no one answered the door.
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