Ga. restaurant owner charged with hiding cameras in bathroom

COLUMBUS, Ga. — The co-owner of a popular Georgia restaurant is facing charges related to hiding cameras in his business’ bathroom.

Dennis Cleveland Thompson, known as Landon, is one of the owners of The Animal Farm in Columbus, Ga.

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According to WTVM-TV, Thompson is charged with six counts of sexual exploitation of children, 11 counts of unlawful eavesdropping or surveillance and six counts of knowingly using/installing a device to observe/record underneath or through an individual’s clothing.

Hudson Terrell, the other co-owner of The Animal Farm, released a statement on social media that said Thompson has been removed from the business.

Terrell says they have and will continue to fully cooperate with police’s investigation.

He also adds that all of the restaurant’s other employees have decided to stay with the business.

“We ask for your continued support as we try to weather this storm and keep this little restaurant that we love so much going,” Terrell said in the statement.


WTVM-TV reports that Thompson is being held without bond on the sexual exploitation of children and eavesdropping charges. His bond has been set for $30,000 for the using/installing devices charges.

Police are asking anyone who visited the restaurant and went to the restroom between July 1 and September 1 to contact them.

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