Registered Sex Offender Arrested After Allegedly Filming Mother, 2-Year-Old Daughter In Bathroom

Whataburger location [Shutterstock — Manuela Durson]

Ben Johnson Contributor
Font Size:

Tennessee police arrested a 31-year-old registered sex offender after police said he tried to film a mother and her two-year-old child, The News & Observer reported.

James B. Josey III, who was on parole, was charged with felony invasion of privacy April 8, according to a Nashville Police Department news release. The suspect was allegedly filming the mother and child in a Whataburger bathroom.

“A woman who had taken her two-year-old child into the restroom on March 27 noticed a phone pressed against the open gap between the two stalls,” the release said. “The mother yelled at the individual, causing a man (Josey) to quickly flee from the stall and the restaurant.”

After Josey allegedly fled, a Whataburger staff member followed him and said he is a former employee of the national fast-food chain.

Josey was previously convicted of observation without consent in 2015 and has a rap sheet dating back to 2009 that includes violation of sex offender registry requirements, unlawful photography in violation of privacy and evading arrest, according to the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry. (RELATED: House Republicans Call On Senate Judiciary Committee To Investigate Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Past Sentences For Sex Offenders)

Youth Services detectives said in the release that Josey admitted to “videoing in women’s restrooms for sexual gratification.”

The registered sex offender’s bond is set at $2,500 and the state of Tennessee is expected to file a parole violation warrant against Josey, according to Nashville Police.