A Michigan bank manager from Clare has been charged after he allegedly videotaped female employees in a bathroom stall. The camera was placed inside of a toilet paper roll that had been propped up behind the bathroom stall according to WNEM News. On Thursday, a worker discovered the camera, removed it, and showed co-workers. Mt. Pleasant Police were called to Chemical Bank located at 914 E. Pickard Street.
Court records allege that the manager, David Thomas Prawdzik, then tried to take the camera from his employees to destroy the evidence by throwing the camera into the toilet. According to a report from ABC 12, Prawdzik then fled the bank. Police found him and questioned him.
The bank manager later admitted videotaping female bank employees over several week, according to police. After being read his rights by police, Prawdzik allegedly told them that he put the camera in the bathroom “to capture video of ‘his girls’ at the bank.”
55-year-old David Prawdzik is charged with tampering with evidence, capturing/distributing image of unclothed person, surveilling an unclothed person, using a computer to commit a crime and eavesdropping. The Chemical Bank manager is in the Isabella County Jail on 50,000 dollars bond.
The bank manager expressed remorse during his arraignment on Friday. During the bank manager’s arraignment, the Isabella Country Trial Magistrate Sandra Straus warned Prawdzik against incriminating himself. The Morning Sun reported that at that point, Prawdzik paused briefly and stated that he is unemployed. He was then asked when he was last employed, and Prawdzik stated that his last place of employment was Chemical Bank, but that “after today” it was unlikely that he was still employed.
Capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person is a five-year felony. If convicted, the bank manager will be required to register as a sex offender. If convicted of surveilling an unclothed person, he will also be assigned a Sex Offender Registration Act notice. Trial Magistrate Straus stated that she was concerned about his mental state given the severity of the charges and his comment about his employment. He assured her that he would be OK, so she set his bond at ten percent of the 50,000 dollars. She then informed him that if he is able to post bond, he would have to arrange for any weapons to be removed from his home prior to being released.
The signs on the door at Chemical Bank, where the manager allegedly videotaped his female employees in the bathroom stall, announced Friday that the Pickard Street branch was closed due to an emergency or inclement weather.