Man pleads to photographing boy, 3, in Dodger Stadium restroom
A part-time actor has pleaded no contest to secretly photographing a 3-year-old boy last month in the men’s room at Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles city attorney's office said.
Evan Francisco Gomez, 26, of Hollywood faced up to a year in county jail, a city prosecutor said. But under the plea agreement, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Peter Hernandez sentenced him Tuesday to three years' probation, 300 hours of community service and 10 days of Caltrans labor.
Additionally, Gomez is prohibited from going to Dodger Stadium, taking photographs of anyone without their permission or possessing a camera, cellphone or any other recording device while using a public restroom.
Supervising Atty. Richard Kraft of the city attorney’s Special Victims Section handled the case.
"Parents should be able to safely take their children to sporting and other public events without fear that they will become victims of predators unlawfully filming or otherwise abusing them," said City Atty. Carmen Trutanich. "Unfortunately, in this age of camera phones and other small recording devices, predators can lurk everywhere. Parents, as in this case, must be ever vigilant."
The incident took place July 15 during a game between the Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.
A father accompanied his 3-year-old son to the bathroom and was assisting him at a urinal when he saw a man later identified as Gomez apparently taking photos after the child’s pants and underwear had been pulled down, prosecutors said.
The father tried to block the defendant’s view and yelled at him to stop taking pictures, prosecutors said. Gomez denied he was taking pictures and walked out of the bathroom.
The boy's father called Dodger security, who tracked down and detained Gomez before turning him over to Los Angeles police officers. LAPD investigators took the camera, which contained one photograph of the 3-year-old victim at the urinal being shielded by his father.
Gomez eventually admitted taking the photograph, prosecutors said. In court, he expressed remorse for his actions.
Prosecutors said a careful review of the facts and the defendant's background indicated "an act of criminal stupidity rather than predation," said spokesman Frank Mateljan.
-- Andrew Blankstein