A WPLG engineer who had been at the station for more than 20 years has been fired after being accused of secretly recording his colleagues.
Rafael Martinez, 60, is accused of recording videos of his co-workers in private settings without their consent.
On Martinez’s cellphone, ABC’s Miami station said it found videos from under the anchor desk, from the control room and from the newsroom set. He also allegedly put his cellphone in locations where he could capture private images. That cellphone is now in the hands of Broward County Sheriff’s Department.
“This is an illegal action. That is why we got BSO involved immediately,” said Bert Medina, president and ceo of WPLG, Inc. “It is our responsibility to report something like this. As painful as it is to have it occur in the WPLG family, it is our responsibility to get law enforcement involved.”
WPLG Local 10 reporter Jeff Weinsier went to Martinez’s house for comment, but he was not home.