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Prawdzik charged for hidden camera in bank bathroom

8-15-14 Dave PrawdzikBy Pat Maurer
Correspondent

David Thomas Prawdzik, 55, of Clare, is facing four felony charges and a misdemeanor charge in connection with placing a hidden camera in the women’s employee restroom at the Mt. Pleasant Pickard branch of Chemical Bank where he was bank manager.

He was arrested August 14 after an employee found the camera inside a toilet paper roll and showed it to co-workers. Prawdzik reportedly took the camera and threw it in the toilet, and allegedly destroyed the camera and memory card.

Police said he left the bank and was located and arrested later by police.

Later Prawdzik allegedly admitted to police that he had placed the camera in the restroom. He is alleged to have videotaped five female employees in the bathroom on more than one occasion over a few weeks.

He was arraigned August 15 by Isabella County Trial Magistrate Sandra Straus. Isabella County Prosecutor Risa Scully charged Prawdzik with:

* a five-year felony – capturing/distributing and image of an unclothed person;

* a four-year felony – surveiling an unclothed person;

* a two-year felony – tampering with evidence;

* a two-year felony – installing/using an eavesdropping device; and

* a misdemeanor – using a computer to commit a crime.

The first two charges also would place the defendant on the Sex Offender’s registry if convicted.

His bond was set at $50,000/10 percent.

Prawdzik, who has been employed by Chemical Bank for the past 33 years, reportedly has retained Joe Barberi to represent him.

A preliminary conference was set for 8:15 a.m. Thursday.

 

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