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Dennis W. Smith (PHOTO: Hanover County Sheriff's Office)

Dennis W. Smith (PHOTO: Hanover County Sheriff's Office)

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – The owner of a Mechanicsville restaurant has been charged with unlawful filming, videotaping or photographing of another after installing a camera in the men’s bathroom at Calabash Seafood Restaurant.

Dennis W. Smith, 54, was indicted by a grand jury earlier this week. He is not being held in jail while he awais trial, according to Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Chris Whitley.

Calabash Seafood is located along Lee Davis Rd. in Mechanicville.

Earlier this month Smith told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he installed the camera to catch people who vandalized urinals and toilets.

“There’s no video being taken illegally. None,” Smith told the RTD. “This is my business,” Smith said. “If you don’t like it, you don’t have to eat here.”

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