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Serviceman arrested over bathroom camera

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A serviceman has been arrested in connection with a hidden-camera security breach targeting females using a bathroom at the army's headquarters, a report said yesterday.

The suspect allegedly set up a hidden camera in a female bathroom at the Army Command Headquarters, the United Evening News reported, citing military sources.

It is believed that the secret filming had been going on for some time before a female officer found the camera, the paper said.

The case has raised grave concerns over security at the headquarters, with questions being asked about how the suspect could have smuggled the camera onto the premises and set it up without being detected, the paper said.

The suspect could have set up hidden cameras in conference rooms where confidential content could have been recorded, military sources told the paper.

The Military Police have uncovered DVD copies of the hidden-cam footage from the suspect, and are trying to determine whether copies have been sold for commercial profit.

The report did not reveal how long the secret filming had been going on, but said a female officer found it and alerted security personnel at the headquarters. The suspect was arrested when he came to collect the recordings, the paper added.

The suspect, who is a volunteer serviceman, belongs to the logistics department and had security clearance for many venues at the headquarters.

Sources were quoted as saying that the military runs background checks only to determine whether volunteer servicemen have criminal records. The military does not run checks on volunteer servicemen's occupations before joining the armed forces.

Military sources said that the hidden-cam suspect might have worked for private investigator firms before joining the army, judging from his skills in setting up hidden cameras.

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