A Guatemalan national living in Fairview hid his cellphone behind shampoo bottles to record video of an underage girl in the shower – and in doing so gave investigators all the evidence they needed, authorities said.
It was a different kind of "gotcha!" they said.
Rene Quino-Curruchiche, 38, of Walker Street was arrested after borough police received a 911 call from the youngster, who is in her early teens, according to a complaint on file in Superior Court in Hackensack.
A Special Victims Unit detective from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office who interviewed him got Quino-Curruchiche’s consent to search his cellphone, the complaint says.
A video found on the phone showed Quino-Curruchiche “hopping into the bathtub and strategically placing the cellphone behind shampoo bottles,” it says. “A short time later [the girl] enters the shower naked to bathe.”
Quino-Curruchiche -- who already was wanted on outstanding warrants out of Union City and Weehawken -- was sent to the Bergen County Jail to await a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.
He’s charged with aggravated sexual contact, invasion of privacy and child endangerment charges.
ICE subsequently issued a detainer to hold Quino-Curruchiche for a hearing to determine whether there's a need for possible deportation proceedings.
Also responding was a worker with the state Division of Child Protection and Permanency, authorities said.
NOTE: Authorities warn parents that those who rape, molest or otherwise sexually assault young children are often known to the family -- and at times exhibit warning signs that such behavior is possible.
They urge parents or guardians to never leave their youngsters with any adult in whom they don't have 100% trust and confidence.
They also remind loved ones to always remain attentive to indications from their children of discomfort with a particular adult -- or signs that they may have been abused.
If you suspect anyone has harmed your child, contact authorities immediately.
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.