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Elk River man charged with filming teenage girls in Mall of America fitting rooms

Trevor Nielsen allegedly filmed teenage girls in a Forever 21 fitting room and other places.

An Elk River man has been charged with interference with privacy against a minor after he allegedly hid cameras at a Mall of America fitting room, among other places.

The Hennepin County  Attorney’s Office announced the charges against Trevor Nielsen on Thursday. No first court appearance has been set.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to a Forever 21 store on Sep. 28 in the Mall of America after a manager had noticed Nielsen was in the fitting rooms for an unusually long amount of time.

The manager told police Nielsen had done the same thing two months prior when staff found a camera in the changing room after he’d left. When police searched Nielsen, they found a cell phone and black tape that matched the camera mounting in the dressing room.

Nielsen admitted to having hid the camera in the fitting room multiple times before. He admitted to filming several girls, including the 15-year-old daughter of his girlfriend. Nielsen was able to watch the video feed from the camera on his cell phone.

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According to the criminal complaint, a police search of Nielsen’s digital devices found a large number of nude and semi-nude pictures of people in charging rooms, many of whom are likely to be underage. Officers also found footage of teenage girls at Elk River High School, swimming pools and parks.

Footage showed that Nielsen was able to attach a camera to his pant leg or shoe and stick his foot under the changing room barrier to film people. 

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