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Man gets 1-year term for voyeur filming in Darien

Published 6:39 pm, Thursday, December 13, 2012
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STAMFORD -- A former Subway restaurant worker was sentenced to serve a year in prison for hiding a video camera under a bathroom sink in the Noroton Heights store and filming patrons.

Marco Dias 22, of Bridgeport, was sentenced by Judge Richard Comerford Wednesday afternoon after he pleaded guilty to a voyeurism charge.

Dias was arrested in early August after an armored car service driver visited the sandwich shop on July 30 to use the bathroom, according to Dias' three-page arrest warrant.

The driver noticed what he thought was a computer memory stick that had been pushed into insulation wrapped around the drain pipe under the bathroom sink.

After taking a closer look, the driver discovered the device had a lens.

He took the device with him to ensure no one else would end up being recorded in the bathroom, the affidavit said. He gave the camera to his supervisor, who then turned it over to Stamford police.

Police investigators discovered the camera was designed to look like a memory drive, the affidavit said.

Detectives then found a video file that showed Dias setting the camera up in the bathroom; police released a photo from that video file.

They also found films of two men and a woman using the toilet.

"It appears from the angle that this subject had set up the camera that he is more interested in seeing the genitalia of male subjects, which may include minor children as well as adults," the affidavit states.

After determining Dias has been in the country illegally for 12 years, Darien police contacted federal immigration officals,. At the time of his arrest, police said Dias had no prior criminal history.

In return for pleading guilty to one voyeurism charge, Dias -- who has been in jail since his arrest on Aug. 2 -- had two other voyeurism charges dropped.

Comerford took pains to tell Dias that if he pleaded guilty, it may mean he will be deported.

He was given a three-year prison sentence, suspended after one year served and followed by three years of probation.