back to article F-B-Yikes! FBI bod allegedly hid spy camera under desk to snap coworker's upskirt pics

An FBI contractor has pleaded not guilty to charges that he installed a camera under a coworker's desk to satisfy his "voyeur" fetish. Joshua Green was working as a contractor in the J Edgar Hoover building – aka the FBI headquarters in Washington DC – last month. On July 26, one of his colleagues, who had just returned to …

  1. J. Cook Silver badge


    Keeping in mind that the perv was a contractor and not a full time employee direct hire, I'd say that the Bureau needs to have some words with the vendor that brought the contractor in, with at least one of those words being "refund"...

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: Well....

      I mean it's not like a contractor would have free access to all their secret information...

      1. NetBlackOps

        Re: Well....

        Ask Snowden about that kind of access level.

        1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

          Re: Well....


          1. Intractable Potsherd Silver badge

            Re: Well....

            You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

  2. Mark 85 Silver badge

    At the FBI Headquarters no less. Then he admits it and will plead "not guilty"? That should be an interesting argument. The gene pool definitely needs cleaning.

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      They claim he admitted it

      Was this before he had access to a lawyer?

      Was this while someone had a gun in his mouth?

      1. Cxwf

        This. And also remember we’ve learned through other recent high profile cases that the FBI doesn’t record suspect interviews, so there’s no proof. Even if you don’t think they would make this up from scratch (and to be fair I don’t think they would)...he could easily have used words with more than one possible interpretation, but those words are now gone, replaced with just an officer said “He admitted it!”

    2. Donn Bly

      In the American Court System you should always plead "not guilty" and make the prosecution prove their case. They might get over-confident and screw up, or make claims that you can disprove and weaken their overall case. You might even be able to claim some mitigating circumstance if your lawyer can think of one. But if you plead guilty you have no control and they might even throw in extra stuff that you DIDN'T do just to make the case seem like a bigger win for them, or just open with an overcharged offense.

      If they come back with a plea deal you can always change your plea to "guilty" to take advantage of it, but you can't change your plea once you have plead guilty.

      1. kain preacher Silver badge

        Actually, you can, but it can be used against you. The fact that you did plead guilty

      2. Dave K Silver badge

        Weird system you've got there! In the UK, pleading guilty often means a reduced sentence as you've admitted the wrongdoing and saved the court/Jury a lot of time and hassle. There's limits obviously. Kill someone and even with a guilty plea you'll still be spending a long time behind bars, but even then once you become eligible for release your guilty plea can help as it shows you've accepted your wrongdoing.

        Thing is, if you plead not-guilty and the court finds that there's overwhelming evidence to suggest you did commit the crime, you're more likely to get a hefty sentence for pleading not guilty to a crime you clearly committed.

        1. Cederic Bronze badge

          I dislike this approach. It means that victims of miscarriages of justice spend more time in prison than criminals.

          Yes, that has happened.

  3. veti Silver badge

    Thanks, Reg

    For the mental image of upskirt shots of J Edgar Hoover.

    Even if the cross-dressing stories are untrue, he was still the proud owner of the biggest collection of soft porn to be found anywhere outside the Playboy mansion. Seems like he would have sympathised with the aim, although that may have been overruled by disdain for the incompetence.

  4. Marty McFly


    Do as we say, not as we......errr....nevermind.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Don't flirt with the law

    I wonder what human resources regs, they were skirting.

    (No offense, Its el-reg bad humor is a requirement)

  6. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge


    Free Beaver Inspection

    1. I'm Brian and so's my wife

      Re: FBI

      "Thanks, I just had it stuffed"

      1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

        Re: FBI

        (Naughty, but) Nice...

    2. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
      Paris Hilton

      Re: FBI

      After he's done his time in the clink, he should check with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to see if they have a vacancy for a Federal Beaver Inspector

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  8. Buzzword

    Why would you do this?!

    In a world drowning in high-definition, high quality, free porn, why would anybody resort to planting a hidden camera in a colleague's desk to get a few grainy and blurry snapshots?

    1. Kubla Cant Silver badge

      Re: Why would you do this?!

      He said he has a "voyeurism fetish". Presumably it's the non-consensual bit that excites him.

      1. baud

        Re: Why would you do this?!

        And perhaps the thrill of taking the pictures in the Workplace on a colleague.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Why would you do this?!

          Yeah, but someone coming back from maternity leave? Pics of that bodily area would be seriously unflattering compared to the coed interns. Now, a downblouse, especially if she's breastfeeding/pumping...

  9. Sgt_Oddball Silver badge

    Can't have been that good a spy cam...

    I mean if it was so poorly placed that just the act of moving around abit whilst using the desk was enough to dislodge it then it can't have been that good a 'spy cam'.

    More likely a small webcam.

    Still..let hope they don't go for a suspenders sentence. Nor throw the (probably) creep in the s(t)ocks..

    Mines the dirty macintosh. No need to push...

  10. Boo Radley

    Underage Pics

    IMO he's going to be in much more trouble if they find "kiddie porn" on his PC. Child pornography carries a much higher sentence.

  11. Marketing Hack Silver badge

    El Reg didn't report the whole story!

    The victimized FBI co-worker was in fact a hairy, kilt-wearing Scottish guy!!

    (Mine is the pair of pants with flashing strobe light attached.)

    1. Adrian 4 Silver badge

      Re: El Reg didn't report the whole story!

      a hairy, kilt-wearing Scottish guy who'd just returned from maternity leave ?

      1. Ochib

        Re: El Reg didn't report the whole story!

        Men can look after babies as well

      2. The Oncoming Scorn Silver badge

        Re: El Reg didn't report the whole story!

        REG: But... you can't have babies.

        LORETTA: Don't you oppress me.

        REG: I'm not oppressing you, Stan. You haven't got a womb! Where's the foetus going to gestate?! You going to keep it in a box?!

        LORETTA: crying

        JUDITH: Here! I-- I've got an idea. Suppose you agree that he can't actually have babies, not having a womb, which is nobody's fault, not even the Romans', but that he can have the right to have babies.

        FRANCIS: Good idea, Judith. We shall fight the oppressors for your right to have babies, brother. Sister. Sorry.

        REG: What's the point?

        FRANCIS: What?

        REG: What's the point of fighting for his right to have babies when he can't have babies?!

        FRANCIS: It is symbolic of our struggle against oppression.

        REG: Symbolic of his struggle against reality.

  12. Stevie Silver badge


    This is stoopid.

    The FIB should just hire the guy because he was clever enough too put camras in there main office without them spotting it.

  13. Mothballs

    Bathe it daily?

    The flash was a bit of a giveaway.

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