Credit: Pixabay

Credit: Pixabay

Prosecutor alleges Seattle man recorded Muckleshoot Casino employee using toilet

Man pleads not guilty to first-degree voyeurism charge in December 2021 incident at Auburn casino

The Auburn Police Department reports that a Seattle man used his cellphone to record an employee of the Muckleshoot Casino using the toilet in an adjoining stall in a restroom at the casino on Dec. 21, 2021.

On Jan. 6, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charged John Matthew Lair, 44, a registered sex offender, with one count of first-degree voyeurism. He has pleaded not guilty.

Here is a summation of what happened, based on the Auburn Police Department’s Certification for Determination of Probable Cause.

On the evening of Dec. 21, 2021, a casino employee later told police, he was using a toilet when a man sitting in the stall next to him, whom he later identified as Lair, dropped his jacket “really hard.”

According to documents, the employee thought that was strange enough, but then he saw a cellphone sticking out of the other man’s jacket pocket under the partition that separated the two stalls, and observed the man reach down to manipulate the cellphone several times to position its camera, as if to record him, and place the jacket to hide the phone.

While that was happening, the employee told police he heard a “ding,” which he understood to mean the other man had started the cellphone’s camera to record him. According to documents, the employee then used his own phone to take a short video of the incident from inside his own stall.

Turns out, this was not Lair’s first go around with voyeurism.

According to court documents, in 2019, Lair was convicted of attempted voyeurism, and on Oct. 12, 2019, he was again arrested, this time at the Port of Seattle and charged with first-degree voyeurism. Charging documents allege Lair had placed his jacket on the ground in a bathroom stall and, as in the present case, used the jacket to partially cover a cellphone that his victim believed was pointed upward toward him, taking photos and videos as he urinated.

That case is still pending in the court system.




Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@federalwaymirror.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.federalwaymirror.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

File photo
Man attempts to stab friend with kitchen knife | Federal Way Police Blotter

The following is a sample from the Federal Way police log June 29 to July 5.

t
Battle of the Badges raises money for Kent, Federal Way food banks

Police officers from each city and Puget Sound Fire compete in grocery story showdown

Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror
A festive Fourth at Federal Way’s Red, White & Blues event

Hundreds gathered at Celebration Park on July 4 for live music, games, food and more.

Bruce Honda pic
Miles for Meso 5K run/walk: Photos and results

The July 4 race welcomed over 160 participants.

File photo
Man, 19, injured in drive-by shooting

Officers detained the three people inside the suspect vehicle on Monday night.

File Photo
Data released on fireworks-related injuries in Washington

Last year fireworks caused $122,000 in damage.

Aladdin and Jasmine made an appearance at the July 24, 2021 Movies in the Park in Federal Way. Photo courtesy of Shelley Pauls
Free movies in the park this summer

Two movies on the calendar for July and August.

Most Read