Suspect accused of filming women in Whataburger bathroom indicted for drugs, endangering child

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – An Abilene man accused of video taping 14 women who used the restroom at an Abilene Whataburger in June has been indicted for drug and child endangerment charges.

TJ Paul Helser, 38, was indicted for Possession of Methamphetamine and Endangering a Child in connection to a traffic stop that took place in January of 2018.

Court documents state Helser was pulled over for failing to use a turn signal, and when police searched his vehicle after he admitted to having marijuana, they found about 4 grams of marijuana, a pipe, and 5 grams of meth. 

His 8-year-old son was also in the vehicle, according to the documents. 

Helser was arrested again in June after police identified him as the suspect who placed a hidden camera inside a toilet at the Whataburger on S. 1st Street on June 22nd. 

The camera recorded 14 women before it was discovered. 

The woman who found the camera wishes to remain anonymous but told KTAB and KRBC that when she went to the restroom, she flushed the toilet and noticed an unusual small circle under the rim of the toilet lid. She said she looked closer and found what appeared to be a camera lens. The woman said she then followed the camera to ‘a bunch of wires connected to the device’ under the lid of the tank.

The woman said she then ripped the device out of the tank and and ran to her car where she called police.

Helser is facing 14 counts of Invasive Visual Recording charges for this incident. 

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