Rosales pleads not guilty to voyeurism

By on Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

WALLA WALLA – Luis Rosales, 38, entered a not guilty plea earlier this week on a felony charge of voyeurism and has been released on his own recognizance with a trial date of June 29. The former director of Trilogy Recovery Community allegedly tried to record an female employee in the restroom at work in November 2020.

Rosales resigned from his job on March 19. He responded, as directed, to a summons issued on March 9 to appear in Walla Walla County Superior Court on March 22. A pretrial hearing is scheduled in the case on June 9.

The prosecution is charging that Rosales did knowingly view, photograph, or film another person without that person’s knowledge and consent for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire in a location where he or she would have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Walla Walla Police Detective Kathy Loney investigated the case. In her probable cause statement to the court, Loney said the victim reported to WWPD that her boss had an electronic device recording in the bathroom after he asked her to go into that bathroom and try on two shirts without a bra to determine if they were appropriate or inappropriate attire. Further investigation discovered the shirts were for a fundraiser at Trilogy.

“(The victim) reported she discovered the device prior to removing her blouse to try on the t-shirts,” Loney’s report states. “(She) opened the door and handed Luis the electronic device. (She) told Luis that she found the device in the bathroom and it was recording.”

Walla Walla police seized electronic devices from Rosales when serving a search warrant on Nov. 12. While the forensic examination did not find incriminating videos, logs indicated that the camera on the device described by the victim was activated during the time she reported the incident took place.

Photo of Luis Rosales via Trilogy Recovery Committee Facebook page