Creepy. Too bad he couldn’t be locked in a room with his victims for 15 minutes…without video or medical help.

Janitor allegedly recorded officers in locker room at Duluth law enforcement building
By Tom Olsen on May 26, 2016 at 10:00 p.m.

A former St. Louis County janitor is accused of hiding a camera in a cleaning cart to surreptitiously record female officers in the locker room and shower facilities at Duluth’s Public Safety Building.

Authorities said 29-year-old Jeffrey Dominick Giacomini recorded at least seven women at the building shared by the Duluth Police Department and St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office.

The Superior man was charged by summons last week in State District Court with two felony counts of stalking and five gross misdemeanor counts of interference with privacy.

Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken confirmed that members of his department were involved, saying the defendant “unfortunately used his position to violate the privacy of our staff.”

“The Duluth Police Department is taking this incident very seriously and have empathy for our employees who have experienced a substantial violation of their privacy within our building — a place all of our employees should feel safe and secure in,” he said in an email to the News Tribune. “Our employees are understandably upset and we are committed to supporting them through this difficult time.”

Giacomini’s employment with the county ended on April 20, spokeswoman Dana Kazel said. He had worked in the county’s property management division since September 2014.

Authorities said 20 video recordings from the locker room area were discovered on Giacomini’s laptop during the execution of a search warrant on April 15. The videos allegedly were recorded in December 2014 and January 2015.

The charges allege that Giacomini hid a recording device in his cleaning cart and positioned it in the locker room at specific times when he knew the victims would be using the facilities to prepare for work or exercise.

Authorities said two victims also were videotaped or photographed during the course of their normal duties at the Public Safety Building.

One victim told investigators that Giacomini that would regularly be in the locker room when she and her colleagues had scheduled workouts, even though “nothing would appear to have been cleaned in the interim,” according to the charges.

Another victim said she became suspicious of his activity and photographed the cleaning cart at one point. Video recovered from Giacomini’s computer confirmed the story, according to the complaint.

The Public Safety Building, 2030 N. Arlington Ave., is jointly owned and used by the sheriff’s office and police department.

Sheriff Ross Litman, whose agency led the investigation, declined to say if any of his employees were affected. But he said the incident is alarming for the law enforcement community.

“In my experience, the employees hired by property management to perform services at all locations do an outstanding job and are very qualified and trustworthy,” Litman said. “Here’s an example of one bad person, and that’s really awful. We’ll continue to do the best job we can backgrounding folks before we hire and ensuring proper supervision and management once employed.”

Tusken said the incident has prompted the city to hire two new employees to provide custodial services at the facility — workers who “meet the standards for employment for the City of Duluth and Duluth Police Department.”

Giacomini does not have any prior criminal history in Minnesota or Wisconsin, according to a check of court records. A felony stalking charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Giacomini remains free and is scheduled to make an initial court appearance on June 14.

He could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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