Eye surgeon charged with videotaping women in bathroom, locker room
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter April 9, 2014 2:21PM
Robert Weiss / photo from Chicago Police
Updated: May 11, 2014 9:52AM
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, 3982 N. Milwaukee, noticed what looked like a camera lens in a toilet tank where a portion of the porcelain had been chiseled out last week, according to a Chicago Police report.
The woman then opened the top of the tank and discovered a black camera attached to a Velcro strap, according to police.
Police were alerted and upon further inspection, authorities noticed the camera’s micro disk also had images of two other women in the female locker room of Robert Weiss’ other office at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, 836 West Wellington, Assistant State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said.
Police also said another woman was taped in the washroom at the Chicago Eye Institute.
All four women identified themselves the ones who were captured in the recorded images, Scaduto said.
All four women were employees, and there was no violation of patient privacy, Michael Breen, a representative for the Chicago Eye Institute, said later.
One camera was involved, and the device was moved between the two locations, Breen said. The Chicago Eye Institute is terminating Weiss as a partner, he said.
Weiss is no longer providing patient care at Masonic Hospital, spokeswoman Noreen Keeney said Thursday.
On Wednesday, a Cook County judge ordered Weiss, 58, of the 900 block of South Michigan, held in lieu of $75,000 bail on a felony charge of unauthorized videotaping.
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 any prior disciplinary actions within the past 10 years, according to the IDFPR, which licenses and oversees professionals in Illinois.
Department spokeswoman Susan Hofer could not comment Thursday on whether the department has opened an investigation into the recent accusations against Weiss.
Contributing LeeAnn Shelton