Robert Franco, martial arts instructor hid cameras in bathroom arrested || Pembroke Pines News


Pembroke Pines News

Pembroke Pines, Fl. – Police in Broward County arrested a martial arts instructor after receiving reports of hidden cameras placed in the restrooms of his academy.

Robert Franco, 64, was arrested Friday, according to Pembroke Pines Police.

Investigators said a 17-year-old female student from Franco’s noticed two hidden cameras inside a picture frame on a shelf in the bathroom of his business, Master Franco’s Taekwondo Academy, located at 11090 Pines Boulevard.

The incident in question is on July 29 at around 3:40 pm.

The student took pictures of the hidden cameras and then confronted Franco, who police said immediately destroyed the frame and cameras.

According to police, the student called her father and told him what happened, and he quickly came to the academy and called 911.

The officials have reached and started an investigation. Several days later, an arrest warrant was issued for Franco. He surrendered Friday at the Broward County Jail.


Investigating the seized phone and computer is started. Police said the material they found so far included children and adults.

Officials believe the cameras had been in the restrooms since March this year when Franco took over the academy.

According to police, Franco gave an explanation for the cameras, but officers said the explanation was not appropriate.

Pembroke Pines Police, asking anyone attending or visiting Master Franco’s Taekwondo Academy, or whose children have attended or visiting, to use the restroom to contact the Special Victims Unit at 954-743-1637 are.

“The Pembroke Pines Police Department fully expects more victims to come forward,” said Captain Adam Feiner with Pembroke Pines PD. “We haven’t identified them yet and to do that, the help of communities is needed.”

Franco has been accused of several allegations of video pranks. He has also been charged with tampering or forging material evidence.

Stay tuned for more updates and Pembroke Pines news.


Written by Nandeen Yanes

The Central Florida girl grew up in Leesburg, Florida. She cheered for the Gators while at the University of Florida, and continues to love all things orange and blue

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