MISSION VIEJO (CBS) — A registered sex offender on parole was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly videotaped a woman at a tanning salon in Mission Viejo, a sheriff’s department official said.

Johnny Guy Leyva, 33, was taken into custody at his mother’s home in Mission Viejo for alleged parole violation and having a concealed camera, a felony, said Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

The videotaping allegedly occurred about 10:30 p.m. Monday at Darque Tanning, 24000 Alicia Parkway, said Amormino.

A 25-year-old woman “entered a tanning room, took off her clothes” and was lying down when she noticed “two hands over an adjoining 8-foot wall,” Amormino said. The hands were holding a camera.

The woman got dressed, notified an employee at the business and later confront the man with the camera, said Amormino. The man wound up playing the video for the woman, who demanded he delete images of her, which he apparently did, according to Amormino.

Investigators subsequently learned that the man was a regular customer at the tanning salon. They also learned that he was required to wear a GPS tracking device, said Amormino.

Deputies used the tracking device to locate the suspect at his mother’s home.

According to Amormino, Leyva has at least one prior conviction for possession of child pornography.

Because he was a regular at the tanning salon, authorities are investigating if he victimized other customers there, said Amormino.

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Comments (9)
  1. alan hart says:

    Having a camera is NEVER a crime. It is part of free speech! What this guy did is not a crime. Again, we waste taxpayer money when real criminals are out there.

    1. Jay Dizzle says:

      You’re hilarious. Nice try.

    2. Jeezus says:

      big logic explained it best, but i’ll add to it….having a camera is not a crime, unless of course it’s an illegal camera, or the specific venue prohibits one.. But USING a camera to commit a crime, IS in fact a crime. Your logic is bunk. Otherwise i could stick my camera in your a** and it wouldn’t be considered illegal. It’s like guns, most arent illegal but most can be used in an illegal manner. With anything, its the user and abuser more than it is the tool they’re using.

      1. Jeezus says:

        having a hammer isn’t a crime but if you use one to hit someone who doesn’t ask to be hit then it’s a criminal act.

    3. Dr.Phil says:

      I don’t think you would be saying that if he photographed your wife or daughter naked.

    4. Stryker 21 says:

      Another $ pic here doing hrd work American Citizens won’t do.

  2. The Big Logic says:

    A camera is basically an eye that hold images. If being a peeping Tom is a crime, then by extension, using a camera for the same purpose is a criminal act. It all depends upon the venue in which the camera is being used.

  3. Jeezus says:

    hahah he’s a regular customer there yet has no tan gee i wonder why-busy with the cam

  4. sscarzz says:

    You know he has video of his mom and other family members…….

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