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Farm worker arrested for hidden camera
Defendant via Google Translate: ‘It was all stupid, I’m very sorry’
Alfonso Galan Francisco
Alfonso Galan Francisco

MONROE — A rural Monroe man was arrested July 9 after his coworker at an area dairy farm called police to report she found a hidden cellphone videotaping her in their employee bathroom. 

Alfonso Galan Francisco, 33, was jailed on a misdemeanor charge of using a surveillance device to invade privacy and a felony charge of capturing an intimate representation. His preliminary hearing is July 21.

Three days after his arrest, Immigration Control and Enforcement (ICE) picked him up from the Green County Jail. He’s being held at the ICE detention facility in Dodge County.

Green County District Attorney Craig Nolen confirmed that ICE placed a detainer on Galan Francisco but he didn’t have further details.

Galan Francisco presented a Mexican ID card to police during his arrest, according to the police report filed with the criminal complaint.

The investigation into Galan Francisco began with a 911 call at about 8:15 p.m. July 9 from an employee at a dairy farm southeast of Monroe on Five Corner Road. She said she found a phone recording her in the farm’s employee changing room and bathroom.

The responding officer, Deputy Cody Kanable, used Google Translate on his phone to communicate with the woman and Galan Francisco, both of whom only speak Spanish.

The woman show-ed Kanable the video, which depicts a man later identified as Galan Francisco carefully placing the phone in the bathroom, still recording, and “moving clothing around it (in) an attempt to disguise the phone,” Kanable reported.

The man then left the room, and the woman came in to change clothes and use the toilet, at which point she discovered the phone and stopped the recording.

The farm owner told Kanable that Galan Francisco had been working at the farm for over a year.

Kanable then drove to a nearby home Galan Francisco shared with other farm workers and arrested him.

“I used Google Translate to tell Alfonso he was under arrest for filming. He immediately put his head down to his chest and said sorry,” Kanable wrote in his report.

Back at the jail, Kanable sat down with Francisco to complete the booking process.

“I located a Miranda warning card in Spanish using the internet. I had Alfonso read the card. I asked him using Google Translate if he wanted an attorney, he told me no. I told him the court would provide an attorney if he did not have money,” Kanable wrote.

Kanable then asked Galan Francisco “if he wanted to explain what he did.”

“Alfonso typed into Google Translate in Spanish. It resulted in the English words ‘It was all stupid, I’m very sorry.’”