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Janesville police ask for possible victims of bathroom photographer to come forward

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Gazette staff
July 1, 2014

JANESVILLE—Police are asking people to contact them if they might have been photographed in the women's restroom near the Palmer Park wading pool on Thursday.

Joshua L. Miller, 23, of 436 S. Franklin St., Janesville, was arrested in the restroom. He has been charged with two counts of capturing an image of nudity without consent.

Police believe Miller was hiding in a stall in the women's restroom from about 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, taking videos with a cellphone.

 The Janesville Police Department is trying to identify images on the phone.

“Anyone who believes that they may have been victimized should contact Detective Erik Goth at 608-755-3148 or gothe@ci.janesville.wi.us,” a police department news release states.

Eighty children were estimated to have been at the pool around 4 p.m. Thursday, and 30 to 40 children were there when police arrived around 6 p.m.

A criminal complaint mentions two of the videos on the phone, which showed partially undressed girls, one whose age was estimated at 3 to 5 and the other 6 to 8.

Police were alerted that someone had been in the stall for at least 90 minutes. The person would not come out after repeated requests from police, who could see shoes and pants around the person's ankles, the complaint states.

Miller eventually came out of the stall and was “shaking uncontrollably and acting peculiar,” the complaint states.

Miller at first told police he hadn't realized he was in the women's room, and when he did, he was too embarrassed to leave. He also stated he had used heroin and passed out, according to the complaint.

When police found the cellphone hidden in Miller's shoe, “he began crying uncontrollably,” according to the complaint, and then he stopped answering questions.

Miller was released on a signature bond and ordered to refrain from having intentional contact with minors, not to take any photographs or videos and to stay out of city and county parks.

Police said anyone who sees Miller in violation of any of these conditions should call the non-emergency number for the Rock County 911 Center, 608-757-2244.



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