Man Accused of Recording Men After They Showered at YMCA in Southington

A Naugatuck man is accused of recording men as they dried off after showering in the men’s locker room at the YMCA in Southington and has been arrested.

Police said they responded to the YMCA at 29 High St. on Monday after a camera was found in the drying off area of the men’s locker room.

A statement the YMCA sent to members says two men informed staff around 4:45 p.m. Monday after finding the backpack and staff immediately called police.

Police said 30-year-old Leonidas Fernando Torres-Cabrera, of Naugatuck, positioned a cell phone in a gym bag and recorded men as they dried off after showering.

Police said Torres-Cabrera was seen near the bag several times shortly before the camera was found.

Authorities identified him as a suspect and said Torres-Cabrera admitted that the gym bag and camera were his and that he set them up in the location.

The statement from the YMCA says Torres-Cabrera was visiting the Southington YMCA from another Y in the area.

“The safety and security of everyone who enters our YMCA is our top priority. We have a series of policies and procedures in place designed to maintain a safe environment. For example, we screen all visitors against a national sexual offender registry before permitting them to enter our facility. The visitor who has been arrested is not on the registry,” the statement from the YMCA says.

Torres-Cabrera was charged with voyeurism and disorderly conduct and he was held on a $25,000.

He is due in Bristol Court on Feb. 6.

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