A cruise ship passenger was arrested last week for allegedly hiding a camera in a public bathroom on board the ship. Over 150 people were reportedly filmed, in various states of undress, including children.
The incident happened on board the Royal Caribbean ship the Harmony of the Seas on a seven-day cruise. The ship departed from Miami on April 29 and headed for international waters. The following day, a wifi equipped camera, which was recording and streaming video footage to a mobile device, was installed above the bathroom door in a public bathroom.
Approximately one day later, a passenger on the ship spotted the hidden lens poking out from a hole in the wall. The memory card was inspected, and recordings were discovered of fellow passengers using the bathroom, some of which were completely naked. Around 40 were children, some as young as 4 years old, according to the FBI.
The perpetrator was even caught on camera installing the device and was identified as passenger Jeremy Froias. Footage taken from the camera shows Froias angling the camera to point directly at the toilets, the report adding that “Froias is also seen taking his Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max out of his pocket and appears to have connected the phone to the hidden camera using Wi-Fi.”
Froias has been charged with video voyeurism and attempted possession of child exploitation material. He has been banned from being alone with any minors, including his own children, and is not allowed internet access. He has since been released back to his wife on payment of a $25,000 unsecured bond.