Police find hidden camera

Doctor charged after employee says she was taped undressing in exam room

  • Dr. Stephen Loheide of Fox Valley Podiatry was arrested on charges of eavesdropping and other charges.

    Dr. Stephen Loheide of Fox Valley Podiatry was arrested on charges of eavesdropping and other charges. Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Steven Paul Loheide

    Steven Paul Loheide

Published: 10/22/2007 11:25 PM | Updated: 10/23/2007 8:46 AM

An East Dundee podiatrist has been charged with eavesdropping and solicitation of sex after police said they found a hidden camera and videotapes and DVDs in his office showing him in sex acts with female patients in an examining room.

Dr. Steven Paul Loheide, 63, of 1002 Twisted Oak in Algonquin, works at Fox Valley Podiatry, 210 Penny Ave. He was charged in court Friday with eavesdropping without consent and possession of an eavesdropping device, both felonies, according to court records.

Loheide also was charged with the misdemeanors of unauthorized videotaping, battery and solicitation of a sex act, according to court records.

East Dundee Police Chief Terry Mee said their investigation began last Wednesday when an employee of Fox Valley Podiatry called police after she found a videotape of herself dressing and undressing in the examination room.

She said she was unaware that the videotaping had occurred and that she found the hidden camera in the examination room.

Police then got a search warrant for Loheide's office and discovered numerous videotapes showing the doctor in sexual acts with female adults in the examining room, officials say.

Police Chief Mee would not disclose the number of tapes and DVDs, but information stemming from Loheide's bond call Friday indicated the number was as high as 20.

Mee said it appeared the sex acts were consensual.

According to information from Loheide's bond hearing, police will investigate whether there was an exchange of sex for prescription drugs. Police would not comment further.

The five charges Loheide currently faces are based on the complaints of the one employee who reported him. Police are investing whether more charges can be filed.

Loheide has no criminal history in Kane or McHenry counties.

According to the Illinois Department of Regulation, he was issued his license as a podiatry physician on July 28, 1970, and its current expiration date is Jan. 31, 2009.

He has had offices in Skokie and on Wakefield Drive in Carpentersville and has current practices at the Village Green Retirement Center in East Dundee, the Elgin State Mental Heath Center and an undisclosed retirement center in Palatine.

Defense attorney Todd Cohen requested a bond of $2,000.

Kane County Judge Susan Clancy Boles set his bond at $10,000 with conditions that Loheide have no contact with female patients and no contact with his patients' records or business files at his office.

Loheide posted his bond on Friday and was released from custody.

Loheide's answering service said he "is no longer practicing at this office."

When asked about the charges against him, Loheide replied: "I have nothing to say."

East Dundee police armed with another search warrant were seen Monday afternoon searching his office.

East Dundee police have said they do not know who the women on the tapes and DVDs are and need help from the public.

East Dundee police ask that anyone with information pertaining to the tapes or Loheide's activities should call Detective Mike Seyller at (847) 428-4034.