Ventura County – One could not blame the members of the Moorpark Police Department Patrol and Detectives, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department East County Major Crimes Detectives, or the Ventura County High Tech Taskforce for screwing their faces up in disbelief and vocalizing a collective “Ewwww…” following the August 31st arrest of 53-year-old Sergio Salgado.
The capture of Salgado, a resident of Moorpark, followed a two-month investigation that began on July 2nd when a local parent—who, according to VCSD Det. Matt Theobald, had that day hosted a birthday party “for a young child”—discovered “a small camera recording device that was hidden” in the bathroom of the party house.
The camera had allegedly been tucked away and positioned in such a manner that it would “capture images of anyone while they were in the restroom.”
When the discovery of that camera was reported to law enforcement, Moorpark Station Detectives were able identify more than a dozen victims “captured on the recording device,” four of whom were minor children in an unclothed state.
Detectives quickly identified Salgado as the culprit, but it was not until the predawn hours of August 31st that he was spotted driving down a Moorpark residential street and pulled to the curb in a “routine traffic stop” that quickly led to his arrest.
Salgado was transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked on charges of burglary, possession of child pornography, and use of a concealed camera to secretly record another, with his bail set at $50,000.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking