Wednesday , September 19 2018

Jail looms for man who filmed showering guests and posted the images as porn

A man has pleaded guilty to secretly filming women showering at his Hawkes Bay guesthouse and posting the images to an online porn site.

Hastings District Court heard the man used remote-controlled cameras hidden in shampoo bottles to make 219 recordings of 34 women in the shower of the North Island accommodation.

He has pleaded guilty to 51 charges before Judge Geoff Rea and admitted seven charges each of knowingly making objectionable publications and of knowingly distributing objectionable publications, and four of publishing an intimate visual recording.

The judge reluctantly granted interim name suppression pending sentencing after the defence sought protection for the man’s wife, who suffers from a condition that could worsen if he is identified.

The judge noted the irony of the request for privacy in light of the man’s offences against his victims.

Most of the women filmed were aged under 30 and showered at times arranged by the man in his running of the homestay accommodation.

He would place the shampoo bottles in position to record moving images displaying the women from shoulder to knee. Images were then posted with descriptions.

The videos were discovered after being made available to other users of the online porn site and have since been deleted from the site.

The man told police he had “done it for the thrill and risk of being caught” according to stuff.co.nz.

He had encouraged others to view and comment on the videos and also encouraged viewers to motivate him to make more recordings, revealing acts he wanted to engage in with his victims.

He was released on bail ahead of sentencing in Napier District Court in October. The most serious of the charges carry a 14-year maximum jail term.

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Kate Jackson is the editor of Accomnews and Accom Management Guide. You can reach her at any time with questions or submissions: editorial@accomnews.co.nz

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