EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 17, 2012

Man accused of using iPod to video woman in bathroom at store, restaurant

Defendant being held on immigration detainer

By Jonathan Phelps jphelps@eagletribune.com
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — NORTH ANDOVER — A Brazilian man living in the United States illegally for six years, has been accused of “videotaping” an 18-year-old female in the bathroom of J&M Convenience Store and Taki’s Pizza on Salem Street, authorities said.

Mauricio Lisboa-Gomes, 26, 17 Forest Acres Drive, Haverhill, was arrested by North Andover police last Friday on charges of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or over and photographing an unsuspecting nude or partially nude person.

He was arraigned on Monday and held on $10,000 cash bail. But even if he posts bail he will remain in custody because of a detainment order issued by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according the district attorney’s office.

Lisboa-Gomes and the victim were both employed at the convenience store and pizza place, which are in the same building and share ownership, when the incident occurred last Thursday.

The day before Lisboa-Gomes was arrested, the victim noticed an iPod touch device propped up on a supply shelf in the employee bathroom, according to a police report filed in Lawrence District Court.

When she picked it up the “red recording indicator was flashing,” the report read.

She put the device in sleep mode and immediately took it to her boss and told him she believed it belonged to Lisboa-Gomes. Both of them then went into the kitchen area where Lisboa-Gomes worked as a cook and the boss handed the device over to Lisboa-Gomes, according to the report.

“(The victim) stated that Mauricio turned it on and started to do something to it on the screen but she could not see what he was doing and then he showed it to her saying ‘See, there’s no video over and over,” the report read. “She stated she thinks Mauricio erased it.”

The woman told police she has been working at the store for about a month and it became inappropriate when Lisboa-Gomes began grabbing her buttocks and touching her back and hair on multiple occasions, according to the police reports.

She told police she became suspicious the last couple of weeks “that something was going on with Mauricio in regard to her because she had noticed that every time she would go to use the bathroom he would go in first, telling her it was important that he went first,” the report read.

“(The victim) stated that shortly after she started noticing Mauricio going into the bathroom before her, he began making comments to her regularly saying ‘I bet I can guess what color underwear you are wearing today,’” she told police.

She said he was never wrong about the color of underwear she was wearing.

After questioning the woman at the police station on Friday, police went to the restaurant at 7:30 p.m. and arrested Lisboa-Gomes.

Police secured the iPod as evidence and filed for a search warrant, according to the report.

Lisboa-Gomes admitted to police that he had been living in states illegally for six years, according to the reports.

Lt. Chuck Gray would not comment on the incident and referred all questions to the district attorney’s office.

Lisboa-Gomes will return to court on Nov. 13 for a pre-trial hearing.