A veteran Palm Beach Sheriff's sergeant is facing sex charges after allegedly using his department-issued video camera to record a teenage girl.
The Palm Beach Post reports that Sgt. Mario Pradere was arrested Thursday on allegations of lewd conduct and video voyeurism.
According to Pradere's arrest report, a teenage girl alleged that the 50-year-old police sergeant massaged her feet while touching himself. The girl also alleged that he hid a department-issued video camera in her bedroom and recorded her while she undressed.
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Police say Pradere later admitted to fondling the girl's feet and videotaping her. Authorities say the sergeant said his behavior resulted from a "fetish."
On Friday, Pradere's attorney said, "People get arrested all the time, and they're presumed innocent. In Mr. Pradere's case, it's no different."
Jail records show Pradere was being held on $100,000 bond as of Saturday afternoon.
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