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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 17-007

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 6, 2017
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Suspect Arrested For Video Voyeurism at Local Grocery Store

    The suspect was in the women's restroom.
    • Wednesday
    • January 4, 2017
    • Time: 2:00 PM
    • Publix
    • 3863 S Hwy 301
    • Riverview, Florida


    James M. McEwen
    3513 Pavilion Palms Circle #203
    Riverview, FL
    HCSO Booking # 17000521


    • Sex Offense Video Voyeurism


    Just after 2 pm, on January 4, 2017, a plain clothes female detective observed James McEwen enter the women's restroom at the Publix located at 3863 S Hwy 301 in Riverview, FL. The detective also entered the restroom and entered an individual stall and locked it behind her. While in the stall, the detective noticed the shadow of a person holding a phone, whom appeared to be video recording her from within a stall next to her.

    The detective utilized her own surveillance equipment and confirmed that McEwen was video recording her attempt to use the restroom. The detective exited the stall and arrested McEwen without incident.  Post arrest, McEwen stated he took video of her while she was in the restroom and knew he did not have permission to video record her.

    Detectives have seized McEwen's cell phone and will execute a search warrant to determine if there are any other victims of McEwen's illegal video voyeurism.  The surveillance video is currently being reviewed by the State Attorney's Office and is not available for release at this time.

    Detectives are asking the public that if anyone suspect they may be a victim of McEwen's illegal video recording, please contact the Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200.

    The investigation continues.

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