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Royal Caribbean cruise employee arrested after hidden camera found in guest bathroom on Symphony of the Seas

A Royal Caribbean cruise worker has been arrested after allegedly placing hidden cameras in passenger bathrooms to spy on young girls.

Arvin Joseph Mirasol, 34, a Philippine national, was arrested Sunday after a guest aboard the Symphony of the Seas cruise ship found a camera in her bathroom on Feb. 25.

The guest, who was staying in a room with her sister and mother, found the hidden camera when she reached under the sink to grab a roll of toilet paper and found the camera “attached to the counter under the sink,” the statement said. of the probable cause. said.

She reported the camera to customer service and ship security responded to the room.

Symphony of the Seas (Julien Rambaud / Sipa USA via AP file)

Symphony of the Seas (Julien Rambaud / Sipa USA via AP file)

Mirasol, an attendant who maintains the cabin by cleaning, replacing towels and making the bed, was kept on the ship until it docked at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on March 3.

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Once the ship was docked, Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Protection and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office were alerted and spoke with security and Mirasol.

His electronics, including his phone, an SD card, camera and USB drive, were examined that same day. On the flash drive, law enforcement officers discovered “numerous videos of naked women undressing,” as well as child pornography, the affidavit said. One video showed Mirasol itself installing a camera in a guest room bathroom.

Mirasol admitted in a post-Miranda interview that he had recorded a video camera in guests’ bathrooms when he worked as an attendant and said he would please himself after retrieving the camera and reviewing the footage, the affidavit said declaration.

“Mirasol revealed that he has been placing these cameras in the bathroom since he began working on Symphony of the Seas around December 2023,” the filing said.

He told the officers, “I want to control it, but I can’t,” the affidavit said. He said he would place the cameras in rooms where women aged 16 and over were present, despite knowing it was illegal to film underage girls.

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Mirasol also admitted that while guests were showering, he entered the rooms and hid under the bed while recording them naked on his phone, the affidavit said.

Mirasol has been charged with six counts of voyeurism in Broward County. He was further charged in U.S. District Court in Florida with production and possession of child pornography.

NBC News has contacted the public defender assigned to his case.

Royal Caribbean said in a statement: “We have zero tolerance for this unacceptable behavior. We immediately reported this to the police and fired the crew member, and we will continue to cooperate fully with the authorities.”

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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