An eyeglass store employee was sentenced on Tuesday to six years in prison for taking video of 16 adults and 10 children while they used the toilet.
The Oregonian reports that Joshua K. Muller was found to have taped coworkers, their children, and customers from October 2014 to June 2015. He pleaded guilty to 26 counts of invasion of personal privacy and one count of “using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.”
Though the 32-year-old told one of the victim’s parents that he is “not a threat to your children,” pornography found in his computer suggests otherwise. Prosecutor Melissa Marrero also claimed the 32-year-old would document the ages of the children that he taped.
“I don’t want to make people afraid,” Muller said. “I have given them more than enough reason to be afraid, ashamed, vigilant, and fearing for their safety in what are supposed to be safe places.”
In an intense and emotional courtroom video, Muller vows to get therapy and go through a process of “relentless self-betterment.”
The defendant will also have to register as a sex offender after he’s released. According to KOIN, Muller was arrested in July 2015 and held on $2.6 million. Muller was caught after a coworker noticed his cellphone, which was set up with a motion-detecting recorder, was taped under a table inside the bathroom.
Muller was fired from Eyes on Broadway in summer 2015 after news of his arrest broke. A statement released by Eyes on Broadway and obtained by KATU reads:
We are relieved to learn that the case has been resolved and justice has been served. The safety and well-being of our employees and patients are of utmost importance to us. In the interest of protecting the privacy of those who were involved, we will have no further statement on this matter.
Photo: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office