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Man gets jail time for videotaping girl in Irvine church’s bathroom

September 5, 2017

IRVINE — A 29-year-old man accused of using a cellphone to videotape an 8-year-old girl using the bathroom at a church in Irvine pleaded guilty Tuesday to burglary and was immediately sentenced to 120 days in jail.

Yi Woo Ju was also placed on three years of formal probation, according
to court records.

Charges of possession of a controlled substance, videotaping another in partial dress, identity theft, child annoyance and possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors, were dismissed.

Ju initially also initially faced a felony charge of possession or control
of child pornography, but that was also dismissed.

The peeping incident occurred about 4:45 p.m., Aug. 2, at Bethel Korean Church at 18700 Harvard Ave., where the girl was attending a camp program, according to Irvine Police Department Public Information Officer Kim Mohr.

When the girl went to the bathroom, the suspect followed her, and as she began to relieve herself, he slipped a phone under the stall to videotape her, Mohr said.

A teacher, who was nearby, heard the girl crying and confronted the suspect, Mohr said.

He ran off, but the girl’s mother got either all or part of his license plate number, which police used to track him down, Mohr said.

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