Grocery store employee pleads guilty to video voyeurism
DRIGGS — In a plea agreement, 34-year-old Roberto Bravo-Camacho of Teton County is guilty of three counts of video voyeurism and one count of attempted destruction of evidence. He could face up to 14 years in prison.
Bravo-Camacho was a 16-year employee of the Broulim’s grocery store in Driggs. On March 12, a camera was discovered inside a vent in a men’s bathroom in the store. The cameras had been placed in both the men’s and women’s bathrooms in the upstairs area. Bravo-Camacho was arrested after taking the discovered camera from the manager’s office.
Teton County Prosecutor Bailey Smith said she will seek incarceration at the sentencing which has been scheduled for Oct. 4 in Teton County. She plans to argue that Bravo-Camacho should be placed on the Idaho Sex Offender Registry. Smith also requested an additional $10,000 increase to his bond after Bravo-Camacho pleaded guilty on Tuesday, but she was denied by the court.
According to the Teton County Sheriff’s Office, detectives in the case reviewed over 620 videos of people using the upstairs men’s and women’s restrooms at the grocery store. The majority of the videos are dated from 2020 to March 2022, but there were at least several dozen videos without dates.
It was unknown to officials as to the total count of victims in this case but Smith said that no minors were identified in the video footage prior to the plea deal being met.
Smith called the guilty plea, “A big victory for victims in this case.”
“A number of the victims are extremely apprehensive of a trial in this matter,” she said in an email to EastIdahoNews.com. “Understandably, they do not want footage of them using the restroom to be played for a jury, and they do not want to have to testify about it or be subjected to cross-examination. Justice can be served by the court, including up to 14 years prison time, without requiring the victims to go through the life disruption and embarrassment of a public trial.”
After news of Bravo-Camacho’s arrest in April, the nonprofit Family Safety Network launched a public campaign to support and provide resources to a community grappling to understand the scope and seriousness of the case.
“Advocates at Family Safety Network stand with the courageous victims who came forward throughout this investigation,” said Emily Bilcher, the executive director for Family Safety Network. “We recognize that the prosecution of a case can never provide the full closure, victory, or healing that we, and victims of crime, so deeply desire. The criminal case is one piece of the puzzle. Victims in this case who were videotaped without consent will continue to seek closure and healing in their personal lives.”
Bravo-Camacho was represented by public defender Rocky Wixom who said in court on Tuesday that his client has an immigration green card status. A felony conviction may result in Bravo-Camacho being deported.
Any victim in this case, whether they have been identified to date or not, has the right to speak at the sentencing or submit victim impact letters to the court.
District Court Judge Steven Boyce ordered Bravo-Camacho to obtain a psychosexual evaluation prior to sentencing. Bravo-Camacho is currently out on a $10,000 bond.
If you or someone you know is concerned about being a victim of voyeurism, connect with Family Safety Network (208.354.SAFE) for case support and supportive services.