September 21, 2023 – West Bend, WI – Steven J. Weis, 45, of West Bend, Wi, who is facing 47 felony charges tied to allegations of hidden cameras at Froedtert hospital along with an array of other incidents, appeared in Washington County Court this week for a hearing where some victims testified. WARNING, contents in this story are graphic.
Charges against Weis, who appeared before Judge Ryan Hetzel in Washington County Circuit court, include allegedly exposing himself to a child and capturing unlawful images on a hidden camera mounted underneath a bathroom sink at Froedtert West Bend Hospital in the Town of Polk.
According to today’s court documents:
The graphic 21-page criminal complaint offers details behind the 47 felony charges including allegedly tampering with a coworker’s food, allegedly accessing coworker’s profiles, and allegedly keeping items after women had exited the bathroom and storing them in a safe.
WARNING: Contents are extremely graphic
You may choose to click HERE to read the 21-page criminal complaint
The Washington County Sheriff said Weis admitted to investigators he had been placing the camera inside the same bathroom for the past several months and then saving some of the captured footage.
Some of the charges involving children date to November 2022.
During today’s court appearance the State indicated “there are more victims that Washington County Sheriff’s Office is in process to identify.”
Court requests the State file a list of victims and will be sealed.
The initial cash bond of $50,000 was increased to $100,000.00 cash bond.
Weis will next appear in court for an arraignment November 6, 2023, at 9:30 a.m.
This case came to light on Friday afternoon, July 14, 2023, after investigators with the City of West Bend Police Department uncovered information during an unrelated investigation and immediately communicated the information to investigators at the Sheriff’s Office.
Washington County investigators responded to the hospital and located the hidden camera underneath the sink. The bathroom in question is a public restroom, but mainly utilized by staff.
The suspect appeared in Washington County Circuit Court on July 17, 2023, for a bail hearing.
Judge Hetzel found probable cause that a felony was committed and initially set bond at $50,000 cash and ordered him to have no contact with Froedtert or any of their employees.
The judge gave the state more time to file formal criminal charges. In Wisconsin, it is a felony to capture an image depicting nudity without the person’s consent.
Based on the amount of data that needs to be analyzed, and the number of potential victims, investigators needed additional time before specific formal charges were sent to the district attorney for review.
The Washington County Sheriff is working in partnership with the West Bend Police Department to hold the individual accountable and treat the victims with respect and dignity. According to the Sheriff these allegations are deeply disturbing. The Sheriff’s Office said it is “committed to working as efficiently as possible to provide answers to those that may have been victimized in a timely manner.”
This is a working story and more information will be posted when details are available.