Kiwi man hid cameras in shampoo bottles to film guests in shower
A New Zealand man has pleaded guilty to filming women in the shower of his guesthouse with cameras in shampoo bottles, and posting the footage on a porn site.
A total of 34 women who stayed at the house in Hawkes Bay were recorded without their knowledge by remote control cameras, according to Stuff.co.nz.
Most were under 30.
During their stay, they had to arrange with the owner when they could use the bathroom.
According to reports, the man, who has not been identified, would then place one or two hidden cameras in the shower, positioned to record guest’s between their shoulders and knees.
He would then retrieve the bottles containing the cameras and download the footage onto his computer at night.
Police found 219 recordings of the victims.
The man uploaded them to a porn site, describing the women by race and occupation and later posting how he’d obtained the footage.
The victims were contacted by police and were said to be shocked and degraded.
The man’s lawyer asked for his identity to be kept secret as his wife has a medical condition which could worsen.
The Office of Film and Literature Classification told police the recordings “degrade and demean their subjects to a high extent and degree by exposing their subject's nudity and making them identifiable, and for the derogatory comments about their bodies which are strongly sexually objectifying".
The man appeared in Hastings District Court yesterday.
He pleaded guilty to 51 charges of making an intimate visual recording, seven charges of knowingly making an objectionable publication, seven charges of knowingly distributing an objectionable publication.
He also pleaded guilty to four charges of publishing an intimate visual recording.
The charges carry a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment.