PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – Detectives announced Thursday that they have identified more victims of voyeurism at a Taekwondo academy, according to the Pembroke Pines Police Department.
Officers arrested Robert Danilo Franco, 64, on Aug. 6 in Miramar accusing him of recording students at the bathrooms and changing areas of his Master Franco’s Taekwondo Academy at 11090 Pines Blvd.
Detectives first responded to the academy on July 29 to investigate a 17-year-old girl’s report about hidden cameras in the students’ bathrooms. Franco took over the academy in March, police said.
As of Thursday, detectives had seven victims and Franco was facing 10 voyeurism charges. They are still trying to identify two more victims, according to Capt. Adam Feiner, a spokesman for the PPPD.
Franco appeared in court Friday morning, at which time he was ordered held in lieu of a $175,000 bond.
The judge also ordered that he surrender his passport and have no contact with minors.
During the hearing, investigators revealed that some of the alleged victims were as young as 3-5 years old, upping some of his charges to a second-degree felony.
If convicted, Franco faces up to 115 years in prison. Detectives believe there may be more victims who have yet to come forward.
Feiner is asking anyone with information about the case to call Detective Jacob Childress at 954-431-2200.