Hidden camera found in bathroom leads to arrest of Mountain View man

A Mountain View man was arrested this week after an investigation conducted with the help of our newly formed Cyber Crime Unit revealed that a hidden camera in a home’s bathroom had been taping those using it, including a toddler.

On Aug. 14, one of the victims came to the police department to tell us that she had received online messages that were threatening and that those messages included private photos of her that were taken by a camera hidden somewhere inside her home’s bathroom.

On Tuesday, our detectives went to the home, located on the 2000 block of Middlefield Road, and found the hidden camera in the bathroom.

During the course of our initial investigation, our Cyber Crime Unit detectives were able to examine devices owned by 34-year-old Jose Ballesteros, who rented a room at the home. In at least one of the videos, footage was captured of a toddler using the bathroom.

Ballesteros was arrested on charges of possession of child pornography, manufacturing child pornography, extortion and three counts of using a hidden camera for sexual gratification.

The investigation into this case ongoing. Anyone who had any additional information can contact either Det. Marco Garcia or Det. Britton Moore at 650-903-6344.

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