Thursday, March 5, 2009

Houston Dentist Guilty of Videotaping Patients in Office Bathroom


There are certain images that you expect to be captured on film when you visit your dentist for a regular cleaning and check-up. We all know that the heavy adult bib and the large piece of plastic uncomfortably lodged in our mouth will result in some lovely x-rays of our teeth and alert us to any possible problems that require our dentist's attention. Perhaps if you have been a success story with your dentist's chosen system for whitening teeth, you may be asked to pose for some striking before and after shots. However, you never expect to have your private moments in the office restroom recorded for future visual review. If you were a patient of Dr. Byron Weinle, your expectation for a lack of video cameras in the bathroom may have been violated.

Dr. Weinle, a dentist in Houston, pleaded guilty yesterday to four counts of improper photography. This crime, a state felony, comes with a maximum sentence of two years behind bars and a $10,000 fine for each count. However, Weinle received a punishment of thirty days in jail, 250 hours of community service, and he will write letters of apology to each of his victims. I wonder how that delicate piece of correspondence will be composed. I imagine that, in this instance, there is not a Hallmark card for the occasion to which he can just add a short note and sign his name.

Have you been accused of setting up cameras to videotape clients in your office while they are in your restrooms, but you insist that the recording devices were just there to monitor a possible leak in the sink or maybe a rumor of a criminal who sneaks in a steals toilet paper after hours? If so, you will need a strong legal defense for your day in court. The criminal defense attorneys at Bertolino LLP are here to help. Please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office today.

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