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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Bellwood Man Charged with Illegally Videotaping Girls While Working on Their Family Home

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Hinsdale Chief of Police Brian King announced today that bond has been set for a Bellwood man accused of illegally videotaping three girls at a Hinsdale home where he was hired to do construction work. Jose Gaspar, 45 (d.o.b. 8/23/1974) of 2606 St. Charles, appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Jeffrey MacKay set bond at $150,000 with 10% to apply. Gaspar has been charged with one count of Unauthorized Videotaping, Residence (Class 4 Felony) and two counts of Unauthorized Videotaping Person Under Eighteen (Class 3 Felony).

It is alleged that in November, 2019, Gaspar took dozens of` photographs and video recordings of the homeowner’s daughters, aged fifteen and twenty-two, and of another girl, aged sixteen, without their consent while they were showering. It is alleged that Gaspar, who was hired by the homeowners to perform construction work on the home, took the photographs and video recordings while he was standing outside the home. Gaspar’s alleged actions came to light when individuals who knew Gaspar became aware of the photographs and video recordings and alerted a family member of the girls who in turn alerted the girls’ father. The girls’ father immediately contacted the Hinsdale Police Department.

“The allegations against Mr. Gaspar are extremely disturbing.” Berlin said. “Fortunately, his alleged actions were uncovered and he now finds himself facing felony charges. I would like to thank the Hinsdale Police Department for their efforts during the investigation of Mr. Gaspar’s alleged actions and for their continued effort in protecting the public. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Bridget Carlson for her work in securing charges against Mr. Gaspar.” 

Gaspar’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 8, 2020, for arraignment in front of Judge John Kinsella.         

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.