LAFAYETTE — A video camera allegedly hidden by a city-parish employee in the bathroom of the Department of Planning, Zoning and Codes captured images only of city employees, not members of the public, police said Monday.
The small camera was discovered Friday in a urinal in the men’s employee bathroom, prompting an investigation that led to video voyeurism charges against Jeffery David Larcade, 38, of Lafayette, according to police.
Larcade, who had worked as a planner with PZC since 1998, was fired Monday, according to a news release from city-parish government.
Lafayette police said Monday investigators have reviewed video from the camera and determined that it contains no images of non-employees.
The men’s restroom in question is in an area that is not open to the public, but non-employees who are conducting business with the department sometimes have access.
The investigation began when an employee at Planning, Zoning and Codes noticed a miniature camera attached to the inside of the urinal with duct tape, according to an affidavit filed by police to secure an arrest warrant for Larcade.
The employee, along with some of his co-workers, viewed the contents of the camera’s memory card and realized it contained photographs and videos of several of the employees’ genitals, according to the affidavit.
Larcade allegedly admitted to putting the camera in the urinal when questioned by police, according to the affidavit.
Larcade was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on Friday afternoon and was released Saturday on $10,000 bond.
The arrest prompted city-parish officials to hold an administrative employment hearing Monday, where Larcade was fired for violation of city-parish policies, according to an announcement from City-Parish Chief Administrative Officer Dee Stanley.
City-parish officials declined any further comment on the case.