Lt. David Wilson confirmed a 19-year-old employee from Pacific was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly spied on two 13-year-old girls as they changed clothes near the parks' water-based Hurricane Harbor.
"He was not a registered sex predator, and had no prior offenses," said Wilson. "He just took advantage of the situation after discovering a crack near the door frame that allowed him to look inside the changing room."
Six Flags public relations manager Elizabeth Gotway issued the following statement about the matter: "In partnership with authorities, the company is investigating an employee’s misconduct while on duty. The safety and well-being of our guests is our top priority and we have zero tolerance for any inappropriate behavior. Local authorities are now handling the situation and the employee has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation. We have no additional information to share at this time."
Wilson said the man was very remorseful, and that Six Flags cooperated fully with police.
Police said a mother of one of the two teens saw the man watching the girls through an opening between the wall and door frame of a dressing room near the Monsoon Marge’s gift shop in Hurricane Harbor. She told Six Flags' staff, who then provided police with surveillance video of the man watching the girls from the gift shop.
Wilson also said the man admitted to observing the teens as they changed clothes. He was arrested on suspicion of invasion of privacy and released later that day, pending warrant application.
Authorities said charges could come against the man next week, after it has been process through the prosecuting attorney's office.
Wilson said they would identify the man once he was charged.
Punishment for this type of crime is up to the judge, said Wilson, but is believed to be considered a Class D felony.