PENSACOLA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)– Florida Man pled guilty to charges of Video Voyeurism and Disorderly Conduct on Thursday, June 3.
Robert Sampson, 52, of Gulf Breeze, Florida, pled guilty today to charges of Video Voyeurism and Disorderly Conduct. Sampson surreptitiously videoed eight fellow Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees using a hidden recording device that he placed in a restroom at the Veterans Affairs Joint Ambulatory Care Center in Pensacola, Florida, on multiple occasions from August 2019 to June 2020.READ MORE: Southwest & American Airlines Seeing Cancelled Flights As Summer Travel Heats Up
Jason R. Coody, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced the plea today.
“The victims in this case perform an incredible service to our retired and disabled military community and they should feel safe and have their privacy respected in their work environment,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Coody. “I applaud the Department of Veterans Affairs Police and the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General for their thorough investigation into this crime.”READ MORE: SPCA Tampa Bay Is Waiving Fees For Certain Pocket Pets June 23 through June 30
According to records, Sampson admitted to placing a hidden camera, disguised to look like a cell phone charger power adapter, in a restroom at the Pensacola VA Joint Ambulatory Care Center approximately 17 times. When VA employees discovered the recording device and notified the VA Police, Sampson attempted to wrestle the employees for control of the device. Sampson later admitted that he had placed the device in the restroom to record individuals in the restroom and would later watch the footage.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Police responded to the disturbance and initiated the investigation into the allegations before forwarding the case to the Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General.MORE NEWS: Florida Man Sentenced For Possessing Images and Videos Depicting Child Sexual Abuse
Sampson’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 19, 2021, at 2:00 pm, at the United States Courthouse in Pensacola. Sampson faces up to one year of imprisonment on the Video Voyeurism Count, and up to six months imprisonment for the Disorderly Conduct Count.