LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has successfully secured a conviction and 364 day jail sentence against a transient man for secretly filming customers in a Hollywood Starbucks restroom and for failing to register as a sex offender on a prior conviction.
“Protecting the privacy and safety of our residents is a top priority,” said Feuer. “This conviction and jail sentence send a strong message that my office will pursue these important cases vigorously.”
Brian Boulter, 34, entered a plea of no contest to four counts of videotaping in a restroom and one count of failing to register as a sex offender. Boulter was on probation for a 2014 conviction for possession of child pornography but had failed to properly register as a sex offender. Boulter was sentenced to 36 months of probation and 364 days of jail. The court also ordered Boulter to attend one year of an approved sex offender program and to stay away from the Hollywood Boulevard Starbucks. Boulter must also register as a sex offender within five days of release from jail.
In October 2015, a witness found a cellphone in a furniture store in the Beverly Grove neighborhood. In an attempt to determine the owner, the phone was opened and the witness found a video of the defendant placing the phone in a Starbucks restroom and recording 43 people including 26 women, seven children, and nine men. Investigating officers were able to use a search warrant and DMV records to identify the Starbucks on Hollywood Boulevard as the location of the recording and Boulter as the owner of the phone and the person seen on the video placing the phone in the restroom.
Deputy City Attorney Brad Rothenberg successfully prosecuted the case.