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Man arraigned on charges of illegally recording patrons of Brookline restaurant’s bathroom

Tze Ping Chung was led into Brookline District Court Friday.
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Tze Ping Chung was led into Brookline District Court Friday.

BROOKLINE — The owner of a kosher Chinese restaurant stayed out of public view Friday as he was arraigned for allegedly secretly recording patrons as they used the bathroom at his restaurant.

Tze Ping Chung, 63, of Weston was arraigned Friday in Brookline District Court, where he pleaded not guilty to 15 counts of photographing sexual or intimate parts without consent.

Chung was ordered to stay 100 yards away from the Taam China restaurant in Brookline and from the primary victim identified thus far — a waitress at the restaurant who Brookline police said was recorded “dozens of times and possibly more” while she used the toilet.

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The waitress, who ended a relationship with Chung six years ago, told investigators she did not know she was being recorded in the restroom of the restaurant. The video files were allegedly found on Chung’s iPad and iPhone, which were seized by Weston police as they investigated allegations that he sexually assaulted a girl who is “known to him,” according to police reports.

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According to Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office, Chung sexually assaulted the girl “multiple times beginning in 2012.” The victim also allegedly “found images of herself in her bathroom” taken between 2014 and 2017.

Chung has pleaded not guilty in that case, has posted $100,000 cash bail, and is required to wear a GPS monitoring device, according to court records.

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Taam China restaurant in Brookline.

In court Friday, Chung’s defense attorney, Frank Santisi, said Chung lived in Weston since 2004 but has moved out of the home. Chung is married and the father of three children, he said in court.

Chung has operated the restaurant in Brookline for 20 years and continues to financially support his family, Santisi said.

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In the Brookline case, Chung was also ordered to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet and bail was set at $7,500 cash. He is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on July 17.

Brookline police noted in their report that there are “numerous other potentially identifiable victims” in the restaurant bathroom spying case, and that the investigation is ongoing. The Brookline Police Department blog states that investigators are trying to locate patrons who were at Taam China restaurant on the following specific days, dating back to 2015:

2015

May 27, 2015

2016

June 10, 2016

Sept. 18, 2016

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Sept. 22, 2016

Sept. 23, 2016

Oct. 9, 2016

Nov. 1, 2016

Dec. 1, 2016

Dec. 30, 2016

2017

Jan. 10, 2017

Jan. 23, 2017

Feb. 6, 2017

May 14, 2017

May 25, 2017

July 12, 2017

July 18, 2017

2018:

Jan. 10, 2018

Jan. 25, 2018

Feb. 15, 2018

Anyone who believes they were at the restaurant on those dates is asked to contact Brookline detectives at 617-730-2243.

Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney. John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.