A Tomball man stands accused of taking a hidden camera trick to new levels, after Tomball police recently filed charges against him.
Ronnie Hoyt Royston, 37, was charged with Improper Photography or Visual Recording, after police say he followed a 16-year-old girl around a Kohl’s store, before eventually hiding a cell phone camera in her dressing room.
Police said the girl noticed the man following her around the store, on FM 2920 in Tomball. Later on, the girl and her sister went into a dressing room to try on clothes, when the girl’s sister noticed a pair of men’s swimming trunks underneath the bench.
“(The girl) stated that her sister found a cell phone hidden inside the shorts,” court records state. “(She) stated that the cell phone’s video recorder was recording and positioned as to record (the girl) undressing.”
The girls mother then viewed the video on the phone, which allegedly showed Royston placing the phone inside the dressing room. The video also showed the sisters inside the dressing room.
Police took the cell phone and contacted the service provider, AT&T, who provided them with Royston’s name.
Detectives then looked at store security footage, which they say showed Royston entering the store, following the girls and carrying a cell phone.
Detectives met with Royston, who admitted to being in the store that day, but said he lost his phone. Under more questioning he admitted to more, however.
“The defendant admitted to going inside the girl’s dressing room with his cell phone (and he) admitted that he became aroused (prior to entering the store),” court documents stated.
That’s when Royston gave detectives his cell phone unlock code, where they viewed Royston inside the dressing room, where he placed his phone down.
Police say Royston has agreed to voluntarily surrender, but as of press time he had not. Once arrested, he will be placed in the Harris County Jail on $2,000 bond.