A Southwest Employee Was Arrested for Putting a Camera in an Airport Bathroom
A Southwest Airlines employee was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of voyeurism after a camera was discovered inside a Seattle-Tacoma International Airport bathroom sometimes used by children.
According to the New York Daily News, Nicholas Williams, the 25-year-old employee, was arrested at 11:30 a.m. local time on Sunday at Sea-Tac. There, a witness told KIRO-7 that police officers approached Williams and put handcuffs on him near the Southwest gate.
According to investigators, Williams admitted he had placed the camera in the bathroom at least four or five times before he was caught.
Williams' exact role with the airline has not been identified, but Southwest isn’t taking its chances and is fully cooperating with authorities.
“We will work with the appropriate authorities as they investigate an accusation that involves one of our Seattle employees. We do not have additional details to provide,” a Southwest rep said in a statement.
Beyond his work at the airline, Williams reportedly also volunteers at the Chehalis Centralia Railroad and Museum, though it is unclear if his volunteer position will continue following these accusations.
According to KIRO-7, Williams was booked into King County Jail and appeared in court on Monday afternoon. The judge set the airline employee’s bail at $90,000. Even if he posts bail, he will not be allowed to have contact with children.
Additionally, he could face a lengthy prison sentence. According to the Meryhew Law Group, voyeurism is a felony sex offense in Washington State. If one is convicted of this offense “you will be required to register as a sex offender for a minimum of 10 years and face the possibility of a long jail or prison sentence.”