Man accused of secretly recording fellow employees in Signal Hill Applebee's restroom

SIGNAL HILL, Calif. (KABC) -- A man was charged Wednesday with secretly recording his fellow employees at an Applebee's restaurant in Signal Hill.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office charged Edgar García-Franco with 38 counts of invasion of privacy.

Signal Hill police said they found a camera in an employee-only restroom at the restaurant on East Spring Street on Sunday.

They said the camera was put in a trash can with a hole in the side of it.

Prosecutors said Garcia-Franco secretly recorded eight women and a man between July and August.

Police said there is no evidence that patrons of the restaurant were videotaped.

The 49-year-old pleaded not guilty to the charges, and bail was set at $150,000. He faces a possible maximum sentence of 19 years in jail if convicted as charged.
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