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Royal Caribbean Worker Installed Hidden Cameras in Cruise Ship Bathrooms, Hid Under Beds: Arrest Affidavit

Cruise Ship Employee Accused of Filming Young Passengers in Bathroom
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Arvin Joseph Mirasol said, 'I want to control, but I can't,' when confronted about recording minors in bathrooms, officials said.

Mar. 6 2024, Published 12:32 p.m. ET

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A Royal Caribbean cruise ship employee has been arrested after police say he allegedly hid cameras inside passengers’ bathrooms and would record young girls naked.

Arvin Joseph Mirasol, 34, a cabin attendant on the Symphony of the Seas, recently was taken into custody after a girl found a camera “affixed to the counter underneath the sink,” according to an arrest affidavit obtained by WTVJ.

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Officials said the girl, whose name and age were not disclosed, was staying in the cabin with her mom and sister during the cruise — which launched on Feb. 24 — and the three used the bathroom multiple times while being recorded.

The girl reportedly notified security about what she found on Feb. 26. While she was speaking with the officers, Mirasol showed up at the cabin and he was detained until the ship docked in Port Everglades, Florida.

Authorities seized his electronic devices and allegedly found several videos of naked females, child porn and a video showing him installing the camera, according to the arrest affidavit.

Mirasol allegedly told investigators he had installed cameras as far back as when he first started working on the cruise ship in December, the affidavit alleges.

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“I want to control it, but I can’t,” Mirasol said, according to the affidavit.

Officials claimed Mirasol allegedly admitted to choosing to install cameras in cabins with girls 16 years old and over.

He allegedly also admitted to sometimes hiding under beds to record naked passengers, court documents claim.

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Mirasol was charged with six counts of video voyeurism and one count of possession of child pornography, according to authorities.

He was booked into the Paul Rein Detention Facility and was being held without bond.

In a statement, a Royal Caribbean spokesperson said, “We have zero tolerance for this unacceptable behavior. We immediately reported this to law enforcement and terminated the crew member, and we will continue to fully cooperate with authorities.”

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