Police identify man accused of videotaping girls in park bathroom

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. -- Police have identified a man accused of recording girls inside the bathroom at a popular park in Wheat Ridge.

Investigators say they know who this man is, but they have yet to find him.

Arturo Brandt, 19, is wanted for invasion of privacy for sexual gratification.

The incident happened at Panorama Park off 35th Avenue and Fenton Street.

“I think it’s awful. It’s scary, I mean I bring my grandkids over here,” one parkgoer said.

According to the arrest warrant, when the Wheat Ridge Police Department responded to the park for the suspicious incident on Aug. 12, officers noticed a man near the bathroom.

He was identified as Brandt, who told officers he was at the park to “get some time away from his family.”

The officer talking to Brandt was then waved down by the victim, and Brandt took off.

Investigators later learned Brandt set up his cellphone in the stall of the women’s restroom.

The phone had been recording for 45 minutes when a mother discovered it, with images of her 7-year-old daughter, who had just used the bathroom.

The arrest warrant says detectives collected evidence from the cellphone. They found several pornographic websites on the phone and an active Facebook profile with the name “Arturo Brandt.”

Brandt is seen on the video, “while setting up the camera, he adjusts it to ensure it is positioned correctly.”

Police also found images in the photo gallery “focusing on women’s body areas such as the breasts and buttocks.”

Brandt’s mother said her son is sick. He suffers from schizophrenia and is supposed to take medication. She was in disbelief about the accusations.

She said her son has the mind of a 14-year-old. She said she didn’t know the severity of the situation and was calling police.

Investigators say Brandt has no driver’s license and no criminal history.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 303-235-2945.

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