NORRISTOWN — A West Norriton man who authorities say used a makeshift recording device to secretly film women in a bathroom at his Upper Merion workplace faces several years of court supervision.
Joshua Paul Drozd, 38, of the unit block of Woodstream Drive, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to three years’ probation after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of invasion of privacy in connection with incidents that occurred in 2019.
Judge Todd D. Eisenberg, who accepted a plea agreement in the case, said Drozd also must report his address to state police for 15 years in order to comply with Pennsylvania’s Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act.
An investigation began on Dec. 18, 2019, when Upper Merion police received a report that a female employee at the FedEx Distribution Center along River Road found a recording device in the women’s bathroom.
“While using the toilet, the female employee observed something black underneath the sink, propped up on the trap piping. The female employee recovered what appeared to be a car key fob, with a camera lens, from under the sink. The lens on the fob had been pointed towards the toilet,” Upper Merion Police Officer Andrew Rathfon wrote in the criminal complaint.
The employee turned the device over to management and security officials who determined the device contained multiple videos of females using the restroom as well as a video of Drozd, a FedEx area manager, “setting up the camera under the sink,” according to the arrest affidavit.
FedEx officials immediately contacted Upper Merion police who launched an investigation. When investigators downloaded the video content from the device they identified six female victims, all adults, and each one could be observed “in various stages of undress as they use the toilet,” according to the criminal complaint.
In five videos authorities could clearly see Drozd’s face as he placed the camera under the sink.
“There are other videos of Drozd walking around the sorting floor with the camera activated, driving in his car and one at a convenience store where he is filming the rear end of a female at the register,” Rathfon alleged in the arrest affidavit.
FedEx security officials told police that when Drozd appeared for work on Dec. 19, they questioned him about the hidden camera and at that time Drozd admitted to placing the camera in the women’s restroom, according to the criminal complaint.
Other charges of intercept communications were dismissed against Drozd as part of the plea agreement.