Correctional officer pleads not guilty in videotaping incident

Aron Arvelo

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- A former correctional officer at the Milwaukee County Jail pleaded not guilty to two felonies and four misdemeanors for allegedly videotaping female correctional officers in the women's locker room.

26-year-old Aron Arvelo of West Allis is facing the following charges: capture an image of nudity without consent and possess/distribute/exhibit recording of nudity without consent – both Class I felonies – and three misdemeanor charges of invasion of privacy (Surveillance Device), and one for disorderly conduct.

According to officials, a female correctional officer in the Milwaukee County Jail reported that she observed Arvelo exit the female locker room. Following the report, Sheriff Clarke ordered an investigation.

A subsequent investigation turned up recording equipment in Arvelo's locker that was recording from a wireless camera he planted in the women’s locker room.

Arvelo admitted to purchasing the camera and using his key card to enter the women’s locker room with the purpose of recording the female correctional officers undressing.

Sheriff Clarke recommended that Arvelo be terminated in 2011 for harassment of a female employee. However, the Personnel Review Board (PRB) overruled the Sheriff’s recommendation and gave the correctional officer his job back with a suspension.

If convicted of all charges, Arvelo faces up to 9 ½ years in prison. Arvelo is due back in court for his preliminary hearing on February 18th.

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