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Police say peeping Tom planted cellphone in restroom

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Police have charged a local retirement home’s nursing assistant with secret peeping after the man used his cellphone to record people inside an employee restroom, investigators said.

Rainielle “Ray” Paul Tadeja, 21, of 1278 Billess Court in Lincolnton, worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Brian Center on South General Boulevard for close to a year, Lt. Brian Greene said.

Sheriff’s deputies apprehended Tadeja at his home on Monday, arresting him for one count of felony secret peeping, according to a Lincolnton Police Department press release.

The worker is accused of placing a cellphone under a locker inside a single-stall, employee-only restroom within the retirement facility last month.

A female employee discovered the phone after she spotted it glimmering inside the restroom, police said. She immediately informed the Brian Center administrator, who terminated Tadeja and had him ushered off the property within 30 minutes, the press release said.

The video showed the woman entering the restroom but did not record the toilet. The locker’s leg blocked that area, police detectives said.

Officers secured a search warrant to investigate the suspect’s phone but did not find any other incriminating evidence or videos taken inside the facility’s bathroom, Greene said.

Tadeja admitted his actions to police during an interview after the arrest, the release said.

None of the facility’s clients were involved in the incident, police said.

Brian Center officials released a statement to the Times-News on Wednesday morning praising law enforcement for resolving the case. They declined to issue further details.

“Out of respect for the employee involved, Brian Center Health and Retirement/Lincolnton, cannot comment on the specifics of this matter,” spokesperson Annaliese Impink said.

Tadeja has since been released from the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center on a $20,000 secured bond. His next court appearance is set for Aug. 21, according to the Clerk of Court’s Office.

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