DeSales Employee Allegedly Videotapes Lactating Co-Worker
John Bednarik II, a DeSales University employee, is charged with hiding a camera in a co-worker's private office to tape her pumping breast milk.
OUTSIDE ALLENTOWN, PA -- A DeSales University employee is out on bail after police arrested him for allegedly installing a camera in a co-worker's office to videotape her pumping breast milk. He admitted his actions to police, according to a criminal complaint.
John Bednarik II, 33, of Blandon (Berks County) was arrested for invasion of privacy on Thursday (May 31) after DeSales police contacted investigators to report an employee. According to both his Facebook page and LinkedIn, Bednarik works at DeSales as the Director of Campus Environment within the Facilities Department.
According to the criminal complaint, the victim told police that she went into her office to pump breast milk for her baby with the door closed. The complaint goes on to say that "while doing so, her shirt is removed and her breasts are exposed."
The victim told police a noise caused her to look up, where she saw a small hole drilled into a ceiling tile directly above her office. Through the hole the victim "observed a camera lens" directly over her desk. While exiting her office, she told police that she ran into Bednarik, who is also a neighbor of the victim, exiting the office next door.
When DeSales officers arrived, Bednarik produced a Sony video camera, which was turned over to investigators. Bednarik was taken into custody and interviewed at the Upper Saucon Police department, where he admitted to drilling the hole and placing the video camera above the victim's desk "for the purpose of sexual arousal and gratification."
Investigators confirmed the camera was recording the victim while pumping breast milk.
Bednarik was arrainged Thursday by District Judge David B. Harding in Coopersburg and is currently out on $10,000 unsecured bail. His preliminary hearing is set for June 27.
Harding also issued a no-contact order between Bednarik and the victim, due to the invasive nature of the crime and the proximity of Bednarik and the victim.
The above information was supplied by District Justice David B. Harding's office. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.