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Elgin man admits placing spy-cam in women's bathroom at work
By Charles Keeshan | Daily Herald Staff

Miguel Bribiescas


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Published: 12/2/2009 11:59 AM | Updated: 12/2/2009 3:51 PM

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An Elgin man who hid a spy camera in women's bathroom at his workplace, but mostly recorded himself trying to figure out the device, is facing up to three years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to a felony charge.

Miguel Bribiescas, 25, of the 1100 block of Hiawatha Drive, admitted to a charge of unauthorized video recording stemming from the July 31 discovery of the pen-size camera in a washroom at Ridgefield Industries, near Crystal Lake.

The camera recorded one female co-worker using the washroom before it was discovered by an employee and turned over to police, authorities said. When police began viewing what else was on the camera, the first thing they saw was video of Bribiescas looking into the lens and learning how to operate the device.

The charge to which he admitted guilt is a Class 4 felony, punishable by one to three years in prison or probation.

Bribiescas' attorney, Mary Baccam, said she believes probation would be fair given her client's lack of criminal history.

"He understands that this was inappropriate and he is taking responsibility for his actions," Baccam said.

Bribiescas will remain free on a $1,000 bond until his sentencing Jan. 20.