Destin man charged with video voyeurism and battery

Special to The Log
This phone was found underneath a sink in the bathroom at Rose Nails in Destin, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Destin man with placing a cell phone in a unisex business bathroom to record a patron.

According to a press release from the OCSO, 38-year old Huy Doan, who goes by the name “Steve,” is charged with video voyeurism and battery causing bodily harm.

The victim says she went to Rose Nails at 34940 Emerald Coast Parkway Wednesday afternoon to get a pedicure. She told deputies when she asked to use the bathroom Doan told her it was the first door on the left and she went to pick out a nail color before heading to the restroom.

The woman told authorities Doan was exiting the bathroom as she went to go in but she did not hear a flushing sound or water running which she considered “odd.”

She said when she looked around the restroom she noticed a cell phone sitting in a custom made cardboard holder held together with black tape propped in plumbing under the sink facing the toilet.

She took out her smart phone and took two photos of what she observed. The phone’s light was on indicating it was recording, according to the release. The victim took the phone from under the sink, put it in her purse, walked out of the business and called 9-1-1.

While the victim was calling the OCSO, Doan approached  her and said, “I’m sorry. It was a mistake, I have a family. I was working on the pipes.”

He followed the victim around the parking lot as she tried to get away from him.

According to the offense report from the sheriff's office, the victim told Doan to "Back away, no you need to back away, I'm on the phone with the police."

After following the victim around  for "approximately 40 yards" as she tried to get away, Doan cornered her near some bushes in the parking lot and then lunged at her, knocking the two to the ground where they fought on the ground.

Doan, according to the report, placed his hand around the victim's neck to hold her down while he pulled items out of her purse.

The victim "was kicking and screaming as loud as she could."

Once Doan had the phone, the woman said he walked away and was seen manipulating the phone’s controls. A witness who saw the struggle stayed with the victim until deputies arrived. The witness told deputies, before they arrived on scene, that Doan walked back up to the victim and she told him to walk away.

Public Information Officer Michele Nicholson from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office told The Log the charges against Doan are misdemeanors.

As for cases of video voyeurism in Okaloosa County, she said they are "very infrequent," but offer a reminder for residents to trust their instincts if something doesn't feel right.

"Be vigilant," she said. "In today's world, people can be recorded without knowing about it while they believe they are in a private area."