An Ohio man was arrested last week after police believe he followed a Hooters employee into a restroom and took a photo of the woman, an arrest affidavit states.

Laurence Button, 36, of Youngstown, Ohio, was arrested Jan. 15 after an investigation that started when police were called to Hooters, 3921 S. Jack Kultgen Freeway, shortly before 9 p.m.

A woman who works at the restaurant reported that, while she was in a restroom stall, she saw a pair of men's boots under the stall, then they disappeared from her view. The woman told police she looked up and saw a man with a cellphone in his hand looking into her stall, the affidavit states.

"(The woman) stated the male looked as if he was taking a photo of her," the affidavit states. "(The woman) then yelled at the accused in which she stated he then ran out of the bathroom."

She followed him out of the restroom and took a photo of him and the vehicle he was driving, according to the affidavit. Police were able to identify the man as Button, the affidavit states.

Police discovered Button was staying at a local motel. Officers went to his room, and he agreed to speak with them, the affidavit states. Button also described his cellphone to police, which matched the woman's description.

"During the interview, Mr. Button admitted to being at Hooters and going into the women's restroom," the affidavit states. "Mr. Button agreed and allowed officer to look at the photos on his phone, in which he admitted taking a photo of the female … then deleting it."

The woman confirmed to police that Button was the man who followed her into the restroom, according to the affidavit.

Police arrested Button on a state jail felony charge of invasive visual recording. He was taken to McLennan County Jail and was released Jan. 16 after posting bond listed at $5,000.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

Recommended for you