CFO of Tampa company accused of secretly taping female workers in bathroom and shower

Police: Activity went on for three years

TAMPA - The chief financial officer of a Tampa maintenance company is accused of secretly taping female employees in the company's shower and bathroom.

Tampa Police Department arrested James Stanton, the now former CFO of Maintenx on North Howard Avenue.

So far, investigators said they've seen more than 200 videos dating back to 2010.

"What Mr. Stanton did was an absolute complete invasion of their privacy. It's just down right shameful," said Maj. Brian Dugan with Tampa Police.

Dugan said an IT employee with the company first discovered the videos while working on Stanton's computer. He made management aware but then went to authorities because he felt they weren't moving fast enough.

"In some of the images you can actually see Mr. Stanton rearranging and manipulating the camera," Dugan said.

Friday morning, investigators served a search warrant at the business and seized several other computers to look for more videos.

They also met with employees in an attempt to identify the victims in the videos.

"You can imagine when you bring somebody in who are getting ready to start their day and you show them some videos and ask them 'Is this you using the bathroom? Is this you using the shower?' It was awkward for them, and it was awkward for the investigators," Dugan said.

Police said they have identified five women in the videos so far but are working to identify two others.

Bill Schaphorst, vice president of Maintenx, released a statement Friday afternoon denying the company had any knowledge of what was going on.

"If we had knowledge or were aware, the activity would have halted immediately and the police would have been notified," the statement said.

The statement went on to refute the report that an employee brought it to their attention.

"No one on our executive team had any knowledge of this activity. The accusation is false and we assume is coming from a former disgruntled employee," the statement said.

It also notes that Stanton is no longer employed with the company.

He faces a total of 123 counts of video voyeurism.

Stanton's neighbor, Aquiles Ruiz, was shocked to hear the news. 

"It just doesn't make sense," Ruiz said. "I mean it's not him. I don't believe it" 

Ruiz has lived behind Stanton for the last eight years. He describes him as a church-going family man. 

"There's another side to the story," he said. "That's definitely not him. Whatever they found, totally sounds like frame to me."

Stanton remained behind bars Friday night with a $619,000 bond. 

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