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Former Primera officer charged for installing hidden camera in teens bedroom

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BROWNSVILLE – A now former Rio Grande Valley police officer was arrested and charged Thursday for allegedly installing a hidden camera in a minor's bedroom.

According the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office, 31-year-old Joel Alex Sandate installed a camera inside a teenager’s room without their knowledge. He was a patrol officer with the Primera Police Department.

Sandate is charged with one count of possession or promotion of child pornography, a third-degree felony, and one count of invasive visual recording, a state felony.

Judge Erin Garcia issued a $75,000 bond.

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