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Martial Arts instructor in Pembroke Pines arrested for allegedly placing hidden cameras in bathroom


The owner of a Pembroke Pines martial arts academy is facing serious charges after one of his female students discovered two hidden cameras in the academy’s bathroom.

Investigators said a female student noticed two hidden cameras inside of picture frames on a shelf in the bathroom of his business, Master Franc’s Taekwondo Academy, located at 11090 Pines Boulevard.

The student took pictures of the hidden cameras and then confronted Franco, who police said immediately destroyed the frames and cameras.

Pembroke Pines police have arrested Robert Danilo Franco, 64.

The incident took place on July 29 at around 3:40 p.m.

He is facing video voyeurism and tampering with physical evidence charges.

According to the police, the student called her father and told him what happened, and he quickly came to the academy and called 911.

Authorities arrived and following their investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Franco.

He later surrendered himself to the Broward County Jail.

Pembroke Pines police are asking anyone who attended or visited, or whose children attended or visited, Master Franco’s Taekwondo Academy and use the bathroom to contact the Special Victims Unit at 954-743-1637.