CRANBERRY TWP - Township police arrested an EMS employee Tuesday for allegedly using a mobile phone camera to record a female in the Cranberry Township EMS station restroom.
Matthew Thomas Leonard, 37, of Cranberry Township, was charged with one felony count each of intercept communications and criminal use of a communication facility, and two misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy.
Charges stem from an investigation after a female employee told police she discovered a cell phone in the women's restroom on Jan. 24.
Police Chief Kevin Meyer said Leonard works for the EMS, but is not a township employee.
An affidavit of probable cause filed with the court by Sgt. Matthew Irvin and provided to the Butler Eagle reported officers found a phone partially concealed on the floor behind a trash can with the camera pointed at the toilet.
Officers determined during the investigation that Leonard owned the phone. According to the affidavit, Leonard admitted during an interview with police that he surreptitiously recorded a female in the women's restroom.
The affidavit identifies the female employee who was recorded as victim No. 1, and the female who found the camera as victim No. 4.
The affidavit went on to report information retrieved from the camera application on the phone indicated that the video of victim No. 1 was created Jan. 19. It shows the woman going to the bathroom, and includes an audio recording of voices in the background, according to police.
Another video recorded Jan. 20 appeared to show a woman walk to the sink and recorded a conversation between two employees identified as victims No. 2 and No. 3, police said.
The investigation further revealed several other videos allegedly showing Leonard in the bathroom trying to conceal the phone in various ways.
According to the affidavit, Leonard allegedly transferred two of the videos from the phone to his laptop computer and then deleted the videos after watching them. The case remains under investigation as police continue to examine the laptop.
A statement on the EMS department's Facebook page late Tuesday indicated Leonard has been, “suspended without pay, pending the police investigation.”
“We are aware of the situation that occured, and are fully cooperating with the Cranberry Township Police Department,” the post states. “This is a police matter and all inquiries are being directed to that department. … The Cranberry Township EMS is taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety of our employees and community.”
Leonard was arraigned Tuesday and released on his own recognizance. A Feb. 22 preliminary hearing is scheduled.