Toilet taper fouls up San Francisco restaurant 

A former worker at a Pacific Heights restaurant might just be a porcelain pervert.

David Talavera is accused of secretly filming nine people during an eight-day period using the bathroom inside his workplace, authorities said Monday.

Between Feb. 12 and 20, according to court documents, Talavera is alleged to have planted a hidden camera that was pointed at a toilet. Authorities have not named the restaurant, saying only that it is located in the area of Fillmore and California streets.

On Friday, Talavera pleaded not guilty to eight misdemeanor counts of illegal videotaping, Assistant District Attorney Omid Talai said.

A co-worker found the camera in the bathroom March 4 and notified police. Talavera was subsequently cited and released. He remains out of custody.

If convicted, Talai said, Talavera faces up to a year in County Jail.

The hidden camera was stashed in a cardboard box with a hole in it that was stuffed into a black duffle bag, police said. The camera had been pointed toward the toilet,
police said.

Talavera was allegedly seen on video setting up the camera and later taking it down, police said.

According to court documents, six women and three men were secretly filmed.

In addition to the toilet tapings, prosecutors said, Talavera is facing two more misdemeanor charges involving a Jan. 6 incident in which he was allegedly busted for engaging in prostitution. He also pleaded not guilty to those counts, Talai said.

Talavera is scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial conference May 7, Talai said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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