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Santa Ana intern allegedly videotaped men in City Hall bathrooms

August 31, 2011 |  3:17 pm

Santa Ana City Hall intern charged with being a peeping tom A former Santa Ana intern who allegedly used his cellphone to videotape men as they used the City Hall restrooms is expected to be arraigned Thursday morning, Orange County prosecutors said.

Miguel Ruiz Fabian, 24, will be arraigned on 23 misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct by unlawful viewing. If convicted, he faces a sentencing ranging from six months in jail to 11 years of probation. He is being held on $15,000 bail.

Fabian is accused of entering bathroom stalls and putting his cellphone on the floor to record men in the adjacent stall urinating or defecating.

Fabian, a former engineering student at Cal Poly Pomona, was an intern for Santa Ana's Public Works Department.

Prosecutors alleged that on 64 occasions over 23 separate days between Dec. 28, 2010, and May 31, Fabian used his cellphone's video camera to record men as they were using the restroom at Santa Ana City Hall and the Santa Ana City Hall Annex.

On May 31, Fabian was caught when a man glanced down while using the restroom and saw a cellphone on the floor at the foot of the stall. He grabbed the phone, identified Fabian as the owner and called authorities.

Most of the victims were city employees and have been identified, according to Orange County district attorney's spokeswoman Farrah Emami.

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Photo: Miguel Ruize Gabian, a former Santa Ana intern who allegedly used his cellphone to videotape men as they used the City Hall restrooms, is expected to be arraigned Thursday morning. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office

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