Brooksville red light cameras have been taking naked photos of you for years

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By Frank Fencil | frank.fencil@springhillcourier.com

BROOKSVILLE, Florida — An investigation into the use of red light cameras has uncovered proof that the city of Brooksville has been using airport screening technology to take photos that reveal what drivers, passengers and even passers-by look like naked.

Three separate city employees have furnished the Spring Hill Courier with hundreds of photos of nude local people, most of them rolling through red lights, that have been circulating through the Hernando County Traffic Bureau office for years.

Traffic bureau director Jeff Lanzarotta evaded Spring Hill Courier reporters, but his secretary offered a statement on his behalf.

“Mr. Lanzarotta has little to no interest in seeing hardly any of the people who very often are captured on film that is not X-ray film on any given day,” she said. “Our cameras are purely for safety and have little to nothing to do with generating more than $250,000 a month in revenue split between the county and an exploitative third party that has no incentive to determine their cameras’ accuracy nor a the guilt or innocence of a driver.”

The X-ray vision red light cameras first came to the attention of the Spring Hill Courier in December, when a whistleblower stepped forward with accusations of sexual harassment. The employee said his nude photos were not included in Lanzarotta’s special “bathroom collection.” When he asked his supervisor why they were not in the same stack with so many other employees’, the anonymous whistleblower said Lanzarotta told him, “You wear such light clothes that it makes it too easy. It’s all about the challenge for me.”

The employee said Lanzarotta urged him to being wearing a wool petticoat, which created a hostile work environment.

Frank Fencil

Frank Fencil is an award-winning journalist with more than two decades' experience. He has uncovered government corruption, toppled dirty police forces and covered two foreign wars as an international correspondent. He chose to return to his native Spring Hill in hopes of giving his hometown the quality watchdog journalism it deserves.

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