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Valley Pizzeria Owner Arrested for Setting Up Camera in the Women’s Restroom

Some serious charges could be coming

Cucina in Panzano-in-Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
A sign for a cucina.
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

According to CBSLA, one of the owners of a Sherman Oaks Italian restaurant named Cucina Bene has been arrested for allegedly hiding a camera under the sink in the women’s restroom in order to record customers.

Per the report, owner Bahram Javaherian was picked up this week after an employee caught on to the act. The camera was apparently attached with adhesive to the underside of the sink, and had been there for more than half a year before it was discovered. After being arrested, Javaherian is said to have admitted to placing the camera there; footage found on the camera also confirmed his actions.

CBSLA says that the 65-year-old Javaherian is currently facing one count of possessing child pornography because one of the victims within the 100-plus cache of images is a toddler. They are asking for more potential victims to come forward as well. Eater reached out to Cucina Bene for a statement, but so far hasn’t heard back.