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Cruise Line Employee Allegedly Put Cameras in Bathrooms to Spy on Girls: 'I Want to Control It, But I Can't'

Arvin Joseph Mirasol is federally charged with producing and possessing child pornography

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Arvin Joseph Mirasol (L); The Symphony of the Seas, March 26, 2018 (R)
  • Arvin Joseph Mirasol allegedly began filming unsuspecting people, including underage girls, aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise ships in December 2023, per a federal complaint obtained by PEOPLE.

  • The cruise line worker was arrested by federal and local authorities on March 3.

  • Mirasol faces separate federal and state indictments

Content warning: The following article contains disturbing descriptions.

The Royal Caribbean Cruise line worker would tape a video camera in one of the ship’s bathrooms to spy on young girls aboard, he allegedly told authorities upon his March 3 arrest.

“If I like who is in that room, I place” the camera there, Arvin Joseph Mirasol, 34, allegedly said, per a six-page federal criminal complaint obtained by PEOPLE. According to the complaint, Mirasol allegedly said he selected girls who were 16 and older, although federal authorities claim he sometimes filmed girls as young as 10.

Mirasol, of the Philippines, is charged with producing and possessing child pornography, which he allegedly filmed aboard the Symphony of the Seas beginning at the start of his employment last December, per the federal complaint.

<p>Broward County Sheriff's Office</p> Arvin Joseph Mirasol mugshot

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Arvin Joseph Mirasol mugshot

Mirasol is also facing six counts of video voyeurism, which are third-degree felonies, per state court records obtained by The Tampa Bay Times.

“I want to control it,” Mirasol allegedly told federal authorities per the complaint. “But I can’t.”

As a stateroom attendant, Mirasol serviced guests' cabins, cleaning their rooms, restocking towels and making their beds.

Royal Caribbean Cruise lines reported Mirasol Feb. 26 to authorities, per the federal complaint. Six days later, the ship arrived from Haiti into Port Everglades, where Homeland Security agents and Customs and Border Patrol officers boarded the vessel and obtained Mirasol’s electronic devices.

“We have zero tolerance for this unacceptable behavior,” Jonathan Fishman, a spokesman for Royal Caribbean Group, said in a statement to PEOPLE. “We immediately reported this to law enforcement and terminated the crew member, and we will continue to fully cooperate with authorities.”

<p>DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty</p> The Symphony of the Seas moored in the Port of Miami, August 1, 2021.

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The Symphony of the Seas moored in the Port of Miami, August 1, 2021.

Mirasol’s public defenders did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Mirasol’s search history allegedly included, per the federal complaint, searches for: “hidden cameras,” “teen on bed,” “p--- in public restrooms” and “sweet [genitals] of teenage girls."

Investigators discovered “numerous videos of naked females undressing in the bathroom as well as videos of child [sex abuse material],” HSI special agent Michelle Maglione wrote in the probable cause statement.

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In a five-minute video confiscated by federal authorities, a girl estimated to be 10 years old – and wearing the yellow/ orange cruise line wristband indicating her minor status – is seen showering in the cruise ship.

The start of the video allegedly “clearly depicts” Mirasol setting up the camera, per the criminal complaint.

Mirasol allegedly told federal authorities that he would collect the camera and then “pleasure himself" to the footage.

Other times, per the complaint, Mirasol allegedly said he would enter the guest rooms while they were showering, hide under their beds, and, aiming his cell phone at their bodies, record them from his spot on the floor.

Mirasol appeared in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida for the first time Monday for a detention hearing in which Maglione testified. No plea was entered in the online federal docket.

Mirasol is detained, pending trial and set to return for his arraignment March 18 at 11 a.m.

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