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Former Lockport police official facing eavesdropping charge

LOCKPORT – A recently retired city police captain is now facing a felony charge of eavesdropping.

Brian Wentland, a former training captain who left the Lockport Police Department in February, was charged Friday, according to Niagara County District Attorney Caroline A. Wojtaszek.

The charges relate to a May 6, 2013 phone call involving his ex-wife and another person.

 
“We received a referral about a concern over eavesdropping from Lockport Police Chief Michael Niethe,” Wojtaszek said Sunday.

Rather than ask an outside agency to investigate the matter, the district attorney said she used an investigator from her office to look into the matter.

“We had newly discovered evidence. It involved a recording of a conversation he was not a party to,” Wojtaszek said.

 
The timing of the charges was critical in the case.

Wentland’s arrest was just two days before the five-year statute of limitations expired on the charge. He was arraigned Friday and released on his own recognizance. He’s due back in court on Thursday.

Wentland retired from the police force on Feb. 22, just after completing 20 years with the department. He had been placed on paid administrative leave Jan. 22 amid the dispute with the city over $275 of overtime pay — time that Wentland claimed while supervising detectives from his home this past October.

Wentland, who had been viewed as a possible successor to former chief Larry Eggert in 2015, was also suspended for eight days in November over complaints that he had interviewed an applicant for a patrol officer’s position. Wentland was transferred out of the detective bureau and became training captain.

Source: Niagara Gazette

Senior New Zealand naval officer accused of hiding camera in embassy toilets

Alfred Keating

Alfred Keating pleads not guilty over discovery of miniature camera in embassy bathroom in Washington where he was defence attache

One of New Zealand’s most senior naval officers is accused of hiding a secret camera in the toilets of the New Zealand embassy in Washington, in an attempt to obtain intimate footage of people using the bathroom.

Alfred Keating, 58, was a commodore in the New Zealand navy and was one of the country’s most senior naval officers before he resigned last month.

Keating was serving as a defence attache embassy in Washington in July 2017. On 27 July a small covert camera was discovered in a unisex bathroom in the embassy when it fell out of a hiding spot in a heating duct.

It had been positioned to capture images of anyone using the toilet. The embassy toilet was generally used by approximately 60 embassy staff.

New Zealand police travelled to Washington to investigate, and brought the recording device back to be forensically examined.

The investigation revealed the device had been in place for some months, as the homemade platform it was mounted on was covered in a thick layer of dust.

On the day it was discovered the camera had been activated at 9am and had captured 19 images over a five-hour period of people using the bathroom.

A search warrant of Keating’s home in New Zealand led to him being charged with attempting to obtain intimate visual recordings.

The prosecution alleges that Keating’s computer contained software to operate the camera, and also that his DNA matched that found on the SD card inside the camera. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Keating joined the navy in 1976 and has studied engineering in the UK; worked as a team leader on the Australian and New Zealand Anzac frigate project; served as New Zealand’s assistant naval attache and senior technical officer in the US; and worked as the assistant chief of navy in Wellington.

Source: The Guardian