Police: Con admits potty peeping
Within weeks of being released from jail on similar charges, a Grand Junction man was arrested Friday on suspicion of planting a hidden camera in a port-a-potty off the Colorado Riverfront Trail.
Joshua Cheyenne Vohs, 37, confessed to police that he placed the camera inside the portable toilet in order to take pictures of women using it, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.
In 2012, Vohs was sentenced to two years in jail for using a camera to take pictures up women’s skirts.
After searching Vohs’ home, police found 175 images and 25 videos of females using the bathroom in what appeared to be a toilet at the park, according to police.
The investigation began when a girl, 13, discovered the camera inside the toilet at the Junior Service League Park, 2383 Redlands Parkway, on Oct. 11 and told her father. The girl also provided a description of a vehicle she had seen in the parking lot. The restroom is near the Blue Heron boat ramp.
After their investigation, detectives identified Vohs as a suspect and served a search warrant on his home. There, they confiscated a computer and storage devices and found the 200 images.
Vohs pleaded guilty in 2012 on a misdemeanor charge of unlawful sexual contact, and received the maximum of a two-year jail sentence. Vohs served about 14 months of his two-year sentence by earning time off his sentence by working at the jail. He was booked into Mesa County Jail on June 11, 2012, and released Aug. 4, 2013.
Vohs was arrested in 2011 when he used a camera mounted to his shoe to take pictures up the skirts of women at City Market, 200 Rood Ave. Video surveillance at the store showed Vohs following women around, approaching them from behind and extending his foot under their skirts or dresses.
Investigators found a battery pack in his pants, a wire that was taped to his leg and a camera mounted on the top of his shoe.
During Vohs’ sentencing, Mesa County Court Judge Craig Henderson called the case one of the most “vile and reprehensible” incidents he had seen. Henderson also lamented that he couldn’t require that Vohs be placed under lifetime sex offender supervision because of the non-felony case.
Vohs has another prior conviction for a similar incident in 2006. At that time, Vohs was caught filming up women’s skirts at The Eldo Brewery & Taproom in Crested Butte.
Vohs pleaded to a misdemeanor charge of attempted invasion of privacy in that case and was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation. Vohs said he used the camera to film a dog’s perspective while fishing.