Man hid toilet cam month after jail release
A registered sex offender accused of taking pictures and video of hundreds of people inside a portable toilet along the Colorado Riverfront Trail planted the camera roughly a month after he was released from jail for committing similar crimes, according to an arrest affidavit.
Joshua Cheyenne Vohs, 37, 465 Orchard Ave., was advised Sunday he could be charged with 25 felony counts of invasion of privacy for sexual gratification and will be formally charged on Thursday, according to court records. He is being held in the Mesa County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond.
Vohs was arrested Friday, a day after he reportedly confessed in an interview with Grand Junction police to placing the camera inside a toilet at the Junior Service League Park, 2383 Redlands Parkway, and downloading images from it to his home computer.
A man and his 13-year-old daughter tipped off police to the camera on Oct. 11 after the father saw a man later identified as Vohs enter the toilet, remove the camera and get into his car. The father took a cellphone picture of Vohs. Officers responded to the park and found a plastic cup mounted inside the side of the toilet, according to the affidavit.
The girl told police she saw the camera in the toilet two weeks earlier and showed it to her mother, who saw a white car with an “H” emblem on it sitting in the park’s parking lot. The girl’s father saw a white Honda Accord in the same parking lot on Oct. 11, with a man sitting inside and trying to hide his face, according to the affidavit.
Police ran the license plate on the Honda, which registered to Vohs. They later obtained and executed a search warrant at his home and found 175 pictures and 25 videos of women using the Junior Service League Park toilet, according to the affidavit.
In an interview Thursday, Vohs admitted placing the camera on several occasions inside the toilet. He said after planting the camera, he sometimes would sit in the parking lot for hours. He would later download the images on his home computer, and he admitted to getting sexual gratification from the images, according to the affidavit.
Vohs told police he started planting the camera at the end of August or beginning of September and stopped after he was confronted on Oct. 11.
Vohs was released from the Mesa County Jail on Aug. 4 after serving roughly 14 months of a two-year sentence he received in 2012. He pleaded guilty then to a misdemeanor charge of unlawful sexual contact for attaching a camera to his shoe and taking pictures up women’s skirts at City Market, 200 Rood Ave. He also was sentenced to probation in 2006 for filming up women’s skirts at a brewery in Crested Butte.
Police spokeswoman Kate Porras said detectives are still trying to identify potential victims and are asking people who used the portable toilet between Aug. 5 and Oct. 11 to call 970-549-5231. She said police believe most of the photos were taken after 8 a.m.
So far, five people have contacted police but officers have determined they were not victims, Porras said.
“We understand that some people might be hesitant to call, but we really would like to speak with them as we continue working on this case,” she said.