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Border Patrol 'peeper' victim sues government

Posted: 6:37 PM, Mar 28, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-03 16:20:22Z

SAN DIEGO - A Border Patrol agent who was secretly recorded while using the women's restroom has filed a federal lawsuit against Armando Gonzalez, the former Border Patrol supervisor now doing time in federal prison for voyeurism and lying to federal investigators.

The U.S. government is also named in the lawsuit and is accused of not doing enough to protect the female agent and other women from being photographed and videotaped during their most intimate moments.

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Because of the personal nature of what happened to her, the female Border Patrol agent is referred to as "Agent Anonymous" in the lawsuit.

The suit seeks damages for the emotional distress she suffered after a camera was discovered in the floor drain of the women's bathroom at the Chula Vista Border Patrol compound.

Agent Anonymous said she believes the videos were distributed on the Internet, and her lawsuit blames her superiors for not moving quickly enough to secure the images.

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Agents searched Gonzalez's home three weeks after the camera was discovered. The lawsuit claims Gonzalez was given ample time to get rid of the MacBook hard drive that contained "countless illicitly recorded videos" of her and other women who used the same bathroom.

The lawsuit also claims superiors at Border Patrol didn't take action after Gonzalez complained that he was "suffering from severe stress and emotional problems and was unfit to continue with his duties."

It's the second civil lawsuit filed by a victim; an FBI agent filed her claim last month. Team 10 has learned more complaints are expected to be filed in federal court this week.

Gonzalez pleaded guilty in the criminal case against him and is now serving time in a federal prison.