By Wendy Osher
A Hilo man was charged with violations of privacy after two alleged peeping reports surfaced of a man using a cell phone to record females in public bathrooms.
Faavae E. Tuinei, 35, was arrested on Saturday night after relatives of a 13-year-old victim helped to detain the man in Pana’ewa.
The man was allegedly observed using a cell phone in an adjacent stall to record the young girl who was using a public restroom.
An hour earlier, a separate report was made in Hilo. Police say Tuinei allegedly used a cell phone in a bathroom stall to record a 24-year-old woman in an adjacent stall, but left the area on foot when confronted by a witness.
Tuinei was being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $20,000 bail.
Tuinei was charged on Monday with two counts of first-degree violation of privacy.
His initial court appearance was held on Tuesday afternoon in South Hilo District Court.
***Supporting information courtesy Hawai’i Island Police.