By Shereen Siewert
WAUSAU — An arrest warrant has been issued for a Wausau man accused of installing a video camera in a bathroom and recording prepubescent girls taking showers.
Bladimir Caballero, 28, is facing charges filed April 19 in Marathon County Circuit Court of invasion of privacy by use of a surveillance device with victims younger than 18 years old. Police searched for Caballero at his home and place of employment but were unable to locate him. An arrest warrant was issued April 22.
Police in Wausau were called April 14 to a home on the city’s southwest side by a woman who had a past relationship with Caballero. The woman told police she discovered a small camera in her bedroom about four or five months earlier, but didn’t inspect the contents until earlier this month when Caballero stopped at her home and said he had misplaced the device.
The woman told police Caballero admitted he used the camera to film children taking showers. Eleven children were living at the residence.
According to the criminal complaint, Caballero asked the woman to kill him and when she refused, he fled from the home.
Investigators used forensic software to extract images from the device and recovered several videos and still frames from previously deleted videos depicting photos of naked children, according to court documents.
Online court records show Caballero has previous convictions for battery, obstruction and disorderly conduct.
The felony invasion of privacy charge carries a maximum penalty of up to three and a half years in the Wisconsin Prison System.