May 9, 2023 | 2:16 p.m
A cruise passenger was arrested last week after FBI officials said he installed a hidden camera in a public bathroom on a Royal Caribbean ship and recorded more than 150 people, including at least 40 minors.
Jeremy Frojas faces charges of video voyeurism and attempted possession of child exploitation material, according to court documents.
An FBI affidavit states that Froias boarded the Harmony of the Seas cruise ship in Miami on April 29.
The seven-day cruise, operated by Royal Caribbean, was scheduled to make stops in St. Maarten, San Juan and the Bahamas before returning to Miami.
About a day after the ship sailed, Froias allegedly installed a hidden Wi-Fi camera in a public bathroom aft of the Harmony’s upper deck, according to the criminal complaint.
“At around 19:00 on May 1, 2023, another passenger noticed the hidden camera and reported it to The Harmony team. Harmony security officers searched the bathroom and found and seized the hidden camera,” an FBI special agent said in the complaint.
Royal Caribbean security noticed a micro SD card in the camera and reviewed the data, finding “several hours of .mp4 video files,” the agent said.
The first videos are said to show Froias setting up the camera and adjusting its angle to get a view of the toilet.
Froias was recorded connecting his iPhone to the hidden camera via Wi-Fi, the affidavit said.
Subsequent videos show more than 150 people entering the bathroom to use the toilet or change into or take off their bathing suits.
Some victims were recorded naked, including children as young as 4 or 5, according to the complaint.
Froias allegedly admitted to placing the hidden camera in the bathroom during an interview with security personnel.
He was arrested Wednesday, court records show.
The FBI is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the victims. The bureau has a web page where victims can file a report.
“The FBI believes he primarily targeted cruise ship passengers between April 30 and May 1, 2023, who may have used the aft public bathroom on The Harmony’s upper deck between the ‘Flow Rider’ surf simulator and the bar . Passengers using that bathroom may have been recorded by Froias,” the FBI said.
Authorities encourage anyone who believes they have been a victim or may know someone who has been a victim to file a report.
Royal Caribbean did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
An attorney for Froias did not respond when contacted.