Marietta BMV Closed Due To Investigation

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WOUB Staff Writer

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Updated Tue, Sep 27, 2011 1:19 pm

The Bureau of Motor vehicles office located on Gross Street, has been closed since Friday, while the Ohio Highway Patrol conducts an investigation.

Sources say an employee in the office is being investigated after one or more concealed cameras were found in a restroom at the office.

An initial incident report says the investigation is focusing on an allegation of 8 counts of voyeurism.

No one has officially been charged.

The exact Ohio Revised Code related to the charge, identifies the offense as: "no person, for the purpose of sexually arousing or gratifying the person's self, shall commit trespass or otherwise surreptitiously invade the privacy of another to videotape, film, photograph, or otherwise record the other person in a state of nudity."

Dennis Sipe, the attorney for the BMV's deputy registrar, Tim Amrine, confirmed that Amrine is being investigated on a legal matter by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Sipe also confirmed the investigation began last Friday, which is when the patrol began investigating the camera allegations at the BMV.

Sipe also stressed that Amrine is being very cooperative with the patrol as they conduct this investigation.

Sipe was not aware of any upcoming court appearances for Amrine at this time.

There is no word on how long with BMV will remain closed.

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