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Probation officer used phone to record under woman’s dress in Tampa Walmart, police say

Darius Brantley is charged with two counts of video voyeurism.
Darius Brantley, 29-year-old Florida Department of Juvenile Justice probation officer, faces two counts of video voyeurism, according to Tampa police.
Darius Brantley, 29-year-old Florida Department of Juvenile Justice probation officer, faces two counts of video voyeurism, according to Tampa police. [ Tampa Police Department ]
Published Jul. 17, 2020|Updated Jul. 17, 2020

TAMPA — A probation officer for the state Department of Juvenile Justice faces video voyeurism charges after he was caught using his phone to record underneath a woman’s dress in a Walmart, police said.

Darius Brantley, 29, of Tampa, was arrested Thursday after admitting to police that he used his phone to record under a woman’s dress at the Walmart Supercenter at 1720 E Hillsborough Ave., according to an arrest report.

Brantley was in the store about 2:45 p.m. on Monday when surveillance cameras captured him walking up behind a woman twice and using his phone to record under her dress, the report says.

“Upon the victim noticing the defendant’s action, they looked eye to eye and the defendant walked away from the victim,” the report says.

The woman notified police after Brantley left the store. A loss prevention officer spotted Brantley getting into his car and took down the tag number. Investigators obtained the surveillance video and still photos of Brantley in the act, the report says.

In an interview Thursday, Brantley confirmed he was shown in the photos and admitted to recording the woman, according to the report.

“At the time, he knew he was caught and walked away,” the report says.

He apologized and said he recorded the woman due to his current addiction to pornography, according to the report.

Brantley was booked into the Hillsborough County jail on two counts of video voyeurism and released Friday morning after posting $4,000 bail, records show.

His employer and job title in jail records is listed as probation officer for the Department of Juvenile Justice in Tampa. A Tampa police spokeswoman confirmed his occupation.

Department of Juvenile Justice officials did not provide answers to questions from the Tampa Bay Times about Brantley’s work history or job duties Friday, but did say late in the day that his employment had been terminated.

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