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Eye surgeon charged with videotaping in women's bathroom

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Robert Weiss / photo from Chicago Police Robert Weiss / photo from Chicago Police
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A prominent eye surgeon was secretly videotaping female employees in an office bathroom and locker room at his two Chicago offices, Cook County prosecutors said.

A 27-year-old employee at the Chicago Eye Institute at 3982 N. Milwaukee Ave. noticed what looked like a camera lens in a toilet tank where a portion of the porcelain had been chiseled out last week, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

The woman then opened the top of the tank and discovered a black camera attached by Velcro, the police report said.

Police were alerted and upon further inspection, noticed that the camera's micro disk also captured two women in the female locker room of Robert Weiss' other office at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center at 836 W. Wellington, Assistant State's Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said.

Police said another woman was also taped in the washroom at the Chicago Eye Institute. All four women identified themselves in the recorded images, Scaduto said.

Weiss, 58, of the 900 block of South Michigan Avenue, was ordered held on a $75,000 bond for felony unauthorized videotaping.

None of the four women were patients, said Michael Breen, a representative for the Chicago Eye Institute.

Only one camera was used, and it was moved between the two locations, Breen said. The Chicago Eye Institute is terminating Weiss as a partner, he said.

"We regret this incident. However we want to reassure our patients there's no indication their privacy was ever violated. Maintaining that privacy is sacrosanct to this institution," Breen said in an email.

Weiss' attorney Aaron Goldstein said his client has practiced for the last 30 years and is well-known in his profession. Weiss has been certified with the American Board of Ophthalmology since 1987, and has held a license to practice medicine in Illinois since 1990, according to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

He has not faced disciplinary actions in the past 10 years, according to IDFPR, which licenses and oversees professionals in Illinois.

Department spokeswoman Susan Hofer could not comment on whether the department has opened an investigation into the recent accusations.

Weiss is no longer providing patient care at Masonic Hospital, spokeswoman Noreen Keeney said Thursday.

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