PANAMA CITY BEACH - A Pineapple Willy's employee is facing felony charges of video voyeurism. Bay County Sheriff's deputies say the employee, Michael Dunning, admitted to videotaping women in the handicapped restroom stall.
Bay County Sheriff's investigators told Pineapple Willy's owner and managers Thursday morning that one of their employees is being charged with secretly videotaping women in the restaurant's restroom.
The investigation began when the wife of Pineapple Willy's employee, Michael Edward Dunning, filed a complaint. They say she was cleaning her home, found her husband's video camera, and discovered inappropriate videos taken at the restaurant.
Bay County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 29-year-old Dunning Wednesday on two counts of Video Voyeurism. Thursday, they served a search warrant at his home on N. Longwood Circle in Panama City.
"Not a situation where he had a camera set up that was running on end. The area that was being videotaped was a handicap stall in the women's restroom," said Major Tommy Ford with the Bay County Sheriff's Office.
Ford says restaurant employees commonly use that same stall as a changing area. Investigators determined the videotaping has been going on for about two years.
They say Dunning victimized at least 12 people, 6 of which are current or former restaurant employees.
"We were shocked to learn of these acts," Buskell said in a written statement. "We had no reason to believe anything like this was occurring at our establishment. We have been cooperating completely with investigators to assure that this never happens again. These actions, in no part, are a reflections of Pineapple Willy's, and are just as upsetting to us as they are to everyone else."
The Sheriff’s Office says Bill Buskell, the owner of Pineapple Willy’s, has cooperated fully with the investigation and there is no indication anyone else working at the restaurant is involved.
Investigators are trying to determine if any of the videos have made it onto the internet.
"Do not have any indication that any of the videos had been uploaded to the internet or shared past the video camera. A lot of that comes from his statement where he admits to filming," said Major Ford.
Authorities also confiscated Dunning's computer and are searching it for more evidence.
Sheriff's deputies say there could be additional charges for dunning if minors were involved.