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Martial arts studio owner denies putting cameras in bathroom

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Pembroke Pines

The owner of a martial arts studio is reporting that he is not responsible for the hidden cameras found inside of the bathroom of his studio.

64-year-old Robert Danilo Franco, owner of Master Franco’s Taekwondo Academy in Pembroke Pines was arrested on July 29th after a 17-year-old student noticed two cameras in the restroom.

The student took photographs of the camera and then confronted Franco about them, who immediately responded by trying to delete the footage.

While Franco reportedly tried to destroy the recordings, authorities say they found images of people from all different ages going back to March of 2021.

“A wide variety of victims being exposed at a time that’s most sensitive to the victims,” Pembroke Pines police Captain Adam Feiner said. “They were unclothed, they were unassuming and they were behind closed doors in a restroom, either using the bathroom or perhaps changing their clothes.”

Franco has been charged with video voyeurism and tampering with physical evidence.

Franco reported that he is not guilty of those charges and has provided authorities with an excuse for why the videos were in the restroom, however, authorities say his excuse was not plausible.

His bond was set at $20,000.

Authorities say they are still in the process of combing through the footage and are asking anyone who has been to the studio or has children who have attended classes there to call Detective Jacob Childress at the Special Victims Unit at 954-743-1637.