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Man Accused of Taking Video of 10-Year-Old in Walmart Bathroom Arraigned

Deputies believe the man may have committed similar crimes across San Diego's East County

A registered sex offender accused of following a 10-year-old girl into a Walmart bathroom and taking video of her while in the stall appeared in court Wednesday. 

Robert Becker, 21, is facing attempted lewd and lascivious acts on a minor, annoying or molesting a child with a prior conviction and disorderly lewd contact charges.

He pleaded not guilty, and bail was set at $500,000. 

San Diego County Sheriff's deputies (SDSO) say the incident happened at a Walmart at 13487 Camino Canada in unincorporated El Cajon on Wednesday. 

The victim, 10, told deputies a man followed her into the women's restroom at the store, deputies said. 

She told officials the man got into a stall next to her and used his cell phone camera to record her while making lewd comments. 

"The girl protested and batted away the phone and the man ran from the restroom and ran from the store," said Lt. Dan Brislin with the SDSO Family Protection Detail.

The suspect fled before deputies arrived. However, deputies were able to identify Becker as the suspect through the store's surveillance video. On Monday, detectives with the Sheriff's Family Protection Detail arrested Becker at his home in Alpine. 

In a statement, Walmart said: 

"There is nothing more important than the safety of our customers and associates every time they're in our stores. We've worked closely with local police through their initial investigation, and we'll continue assisting law enforcement as they move toward a conviction in this case."

Deputies believe Becker may have committed similar crimes in San Diego's East County; officials are urging any potential victims to come forward. 

"We found he had entered that restroom the day prior and spent some time in there as well, so we want to make sure there are no other victims out there," said Brislin.

In 2015, Dunkin was arrested in Riverside on felony charges of child pornography and having sex with a minor.

San Bernardino County documents show a mother told authorities that her daughter, who was a minor, received a solicitation for nude photos through Facebook.

The solicitation came from a 16-year-old girl's account, documents show. The girl admitted to having a sexual relationship with Becker and gave him her Facebook password. He then used her account to ask her friends for nude photos.

Police found more than 600 images of child porn at his home.

Becker will return to court for a readiness conference next Wednesday. 

Anyone who may have further information on the crime, or who may have been a victim, is asked to call (858) 974-2417. Those who would like to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. You may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to a felony arrest.

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