Former cop accused of posting bathroom videos online to face grand jury

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-The St. Charles County Cyber Crime Unit continues investigating hidden bathroom videos and a porn web site that was operated by a police officer. Former Chesterfield police officer David Cerna will face a grand jury in Clayton, MO in July. He is being held in the St. Charles County jail facing invasion of privacy charges in two counties.

Cerna, 33, reportedly told detectives exactly how he recorded men using the restroom and then posted that video to a porn site. A Fox Files investigation into a hidden camera in the men’s room at a Chesterfield gas station led back to the officer.

Previous Story: Chesterfield police officer accused of recording restroom patrons, posting to porn site

Chesterfield Police Chief Ray Johnson said former officer Cerna told detectives that he put the camera in the bathroom right after his shift.

“He indicated that he would place it and then go back in about two hours [later] when the battery ran down.”

The hidden camera was placed directly above the toilet. When FOX 2 found this bathroom, it was immediately obvious where the camera was: inside the vent fan. The grate could easily be taken off and the camera placed inside.

On the porn site with bathroom videos, a web surfer asked “what kind of camera do you use?” Cerna responded, “Just a simple iPod touch.”

While it’s sad that you even have to look for this, FOX 2 will tell you have you can spot a possible camera the next time you use the bathroom. By simply shining a flashlight from your smart phone at the vent grate, a hidden camera’s location will easily be revealed.

Rob Cheney, who was secretly recorded on one of the bathroom videos, told us he’s now checking.

“I’m weird about going to the bathroom as it is,” says Cheney. “So now you know if I have to go I’ll go, but I’ll be looking around the walls, that’s for sure.”

Cerna faces three felony invasion of privacy charges so far, based on victims police have been able to identify. They expect more. Cybercrimes is now looking to see if the suspect took hidden bathroom video of any children.

Police Chief Johnson says, “We do believe that’s a possibility. It’s very likely depending on what times and how long of a period he had the camera in place that a young child may have been on there. At this point we have not seen any evidence of that.”

Again, Cerna’s case goes before a St. Louis County grand jury in July. The prosecutor’s office is also looking at cases Cerna handled when he was still a police officer to see if they’re in jeopardy. A spokesperson said they’ve so far found three drug cases and a stealing case they’re reviewing.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.


Latest News

More News