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Alleged pizza shop voyeur being held on 10 percent of $250,000 bond

by Emily Moran | Reporter Published: June 21, 2015 12:00 AM

Paul M. Strebler, 33, of Tallmadge, made his initial court appearance before Judge Lisa Coates at Stow Municipal Court June 15, accused of felony voyeurism after allegedly secretly recording female employees in the restroom of a Twinsburg pizza shop.

His case will likely be bound over to Summit County Court of Common Pleas on two felony counts -- one second-degree felony count of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material and one fifth-degree felony count of voyeurism. A misdemeanor charge of voyeurism will likely be merged with the felony counts.

A warrant for Strebler's arrest, a Twinsburg Romeo's Pizza manager at 9637 Ravenna Road, was issued May 8 by Twinsburg police. Strebler is accused of secretly recording female employees -- some of whom are reportedly minors -- in the restroom of the pizzeria with a video camera hidden in a tool kit bag.

Coates set bond at 10 percent of $250,000 and Strebler remained in Summit County Jail as of June 18.

Should Strebler post bond, Coates required that he wear a GPS monitoring device upon his release.

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Strebler is being represented by attorney Roger Synenberg of Synenberg and Associates based in Cleveland. Synenberg declined comment June 16.

Strebler sent a text message to his wife May 7, indicating he was leaving the state and traveling to Arizona, potentially to commit suicide.

Strebler was located in Arizona May 11 and apprehended by National Park Service rangers who talked him off of a ledge known as the "Abyss" near the Grand Canyon.

Strebler underwent a psychological evaluation before being extradited back to Ohio June 14.

According to Sgt. Mark Kreiger of the Twinsburg Police Department, the number of victims identified has reached a total of nine female employees: four juveniles and five adults.

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A preliminary hearing is scheduled before Coates on June 22 at 2:30 p.m., according to Stow Municipal Court records.

"The case is still currently being investigated and we are still waiting for BCI to give us the results of their findings from analyzing his computers," Kreiger said June 16.

Kreiger said initial charges are based on about 25 percent of the actual evidence available thus far.

According to police, Twinsburg detectives were contacted May 7 by Strebler's wife, who said she found images and videos of young females in various states of undress on the family computer. Strebler's wife said she believed the images and videos were secretly recorded from inside the Twinsburg store's restroom.

Detectives raided the residence in Tallmadge and recovered a flash drive and SD card containing the images and videos. The Ohio Bureau of Investigation and Identification are still analyzing the computers obtained from the business and from Strebler's home.

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