Workers discover employer had camera in bathroom
Posted at: 02/26/2013 5:58 PM
| Updated at: 02/27/2013 11:38 AM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Photo: Craig Highfill
The bathroom is a place where you’d expect complete privacy. But some workers at a local State Farm Agency discovered it was a place where they and their kids were being watched by their boss.
Agent Craig Highfill admitted to recording people using the bathroom inside his business at 3750 Juan Tabo NE, police said.
According to the criminal complaint, Highfill recorded approximately 30 graphic videos, all taped over the past month-and-a-half.
No insurance could have protected Highfill's employees and young children who investigators said were unknowingly victimized.
The door was locked when KOB Eyewitness News 4 stopped by Tuesday afternoon.
According to the criminal complaint, one of Highfill's employees caught him "fidgeting around with something in the bathroom," the facility everyone at the office uses. When Highfill walked out, the employee went in and found a camera mounted under the counter.
"It was placed in such a way to record the genital/pubic area of an individual sitting on the toilet," according to court documents.
When Highfill ran into the employee soon after, he allegedly stated, "I'm in big trouble, huh?"
When the employee took the camera home and hooked it up to her computer, police said she found six videos, including recordings of her underage daughter and daughter's friend, exposed, in the bathroom.
Officers searched Highfill's office and home for images as well.
KOB also stopped by Highfill's home but no one answered the door Tuesday afternoon.
Highfill allegedly had multiple photographs of the employee's daughter in his personal work space too, next to some artwork from a child.
According to the criminal complaint, Highfill admitted to intentionally taping and watching all the material.
He is charged with sexual exploitation of children.