UPDATE: Chattanooga Police have responded to Justin Wilson's claims he is only responsible for placing the hidden camera in a gas station bathroom.
Police say the only video recorded on the spy cam device was taken in the men's restroom at the Kangaroo gas station on Signal Mountain Road. Investigators say at no point wasvideo recorded in the men's bathroom at the Chattanooga Billiard Club downtown. The pen cam was just discovered at that location.
Josh Neelands, who turned the device over to police, says his friend found the device in the CBC bathroom. Neelands, a web designer, says out of curiosity he plugged the device into his computer. He says he skimmed through the footage and it appeared the video was taken at multiple locations.
PREVIOUS STORY: The man arrested and accused of placing a spy cam in a men's restroom at a Chattanooga Business talked to Channel 3 about his arrest.
21-year-old Justin Wilson was arrested Friday. He says he admits to placing the hidden camera in a gas station bathroom but denies setting it up at the Chattanooga Billiard Club and other locations.
Justin Wilson reached out to Channel 3 by email and said the news of this is "ruining his life." In an interview Monday afternoon, he claims other people are responsible for placing the camera in the Chattanooga Billiard Club and he explained why he placed the camera in a gas station bathroom.
Channel 3 knocked on the door of Justin Wilson's home Monday afternoon. He was not there but his roommate called him and he agreed to answer a few questions over the phone.
"My intentions weren't bad," says Justin Wilson.
Wilson admits to placing a spy camera disguised as a pen in the men's restroom at a gas station on Signal Mountain Road at the beginning of July.
When asked why, he replied, "Recently someone had been messing my bathrooms up, so I decided, 'Oh, I'll try to catch this person.'"
While working at the gas station, one of his duties was to keep the restrooms clean. He claims someone kept "messing up" the men's bathroom and he just wanted to catch them in the act.
"I know it looks really bad but I'm truly not a pervert. I have no intentions of being a pervert," he says.
But Wilson denies placing the pen cam in the men's bathroom at the Chattanooga Billiard Club downtown.
"I had absolutely nothing to do with it being in the billiards club? I don't even know where that is."
He claims someone stole the camera and placed it in other area bathrooms, even though police note in the affidavit, the video taken at the billiard club "shows a black male positioning the camera to face the men's urinal and toilet."
Wilson hopes people are not too quick to judge.
"I guess (I hope) that people realize that it was a mistake, that I now realize there were better ways of getting the results that I wanted," says Wilson.
Josh Neelands, who turned the device over to police after his friend found it, says he hopes Wilson gets the help he needs.
"I guess I was just pretty happy that after, after taking the time to turn everything in and talk to everyone, that at least there was a positive outcome and that the guy is off the streets or I guess, out of the bathrooms," says Neelands.
Wilson is out on bond.
A manager at the Signal Mountain gas station identified Wilson to police. No one at the station wanted to comment on the case.
Channel 3 asked police about Wilson's claims other people are involved, but investigators would only say this is an "open investigation."
Wilson is charged with Observation Without Consent, which is a misdemeanor.
Wednesday, August 23 2017 11:49 PM EDT2017-08-24 03:49:44 GMT
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