Rochester Hills man charged with videotaping girls at grocery stores

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published April 27, 2021


ROCHESTER HILLS — A Rochester Hills man accused of videotaping girls at a supermarket in Rochester Hills has resigned from his position as a youth specialist at Oakland County’s Children’s Village.

Oakland County prosecutors have charged Mark Stephen Brasmer, 32, of Rochester Hills, with “disturbing the peace” for videotaping girls without consent at the supermarket. Disturbing the peace is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail.

According to reports, deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Rochester Hills substation were called to the Meijer in the 3100 block of Rochester Road April 9 after a witness complained about a man’s unwanted videotaping.

A representative from the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office said Brasmer is accused of videotaping multiple girls ages 14-18 while following them around the Meijer store and at other public spaces.

“The police did find, on his device, videos from several other places — I don’t know that those places have been identified. But it has been happening at other places besides this one incident at Meijer,” said Noah Arbit, the director of communications for Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald.

At press time, the Prosecutor’s Office said there was no evidence that any of the filming was done in dressing rooms or restrooms and there are no reports of confrontation or touching related to the Meijer incident.

Bill Mullan, Oakland County’s media and communications officer, said Brasmer was immediately placed on administrative leave April 9 after the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office notified Oakland County Children’s Village about the investigation. Located in Pontiac, Children’s Village offers detention, residential treatment and shelter care services to children and youth under the jurisdiction of the court.

“Since the safety of the residents of Children’s Village is our top priority, they immediately placed him on administrative leave,” he said.

On April 23, Brasmer resigned from his position as a youth specialist at the Oakland County Children’s Village.

Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney Karen McDonald said the types of crimes alleged in this case are “especially important” to her.

“Protecting Oakland County’s kids will always be my top priority as prosecutor, particularly kids in Children’s Village,” she said in a statement.

A representative from the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office said there are no allegations of any misconduct by Brasmer at the Oakland County Children’s Village.

Brasmer’s attorney, Arthur Jay Weiss, said he does not believe his client violated the law.

“I have no idea why he was charged, because he hasn’t violated any law that I’m familiar with,” Weiss said.

Brasmer is scheduled to appear for a pretrial conference in 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills May 26.