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Creepy hostel owner caught using remote-controlled cameras hidden inside shampoo bottles to film women in the shower – and then put the clips on porn sites

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New Zealand man pleaded guilty to charges related to secretly filming guests[nbsp_tc][br_tc]The court heard the man would film female guests at his homestay property[nbsp_tc][br_tc]He would put hidden cameras in shampoo bottles and upload footage[nbsp_tc]online[nbsp_tc]

By[nbsp_tc]ADAM MCCLEERY

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A[nbsp_tc]New Zealand[nbsp_tc]man has pleaded guilty to secretly filming female guests while they showered at his homestay property by using cameras hidden in shampoo bottles.[nbsp_tc]

The Hawke’s Bay man faced the Hastings District Court and pleaded guilty to a combined 51 charges.[nbsp_tc]

The court heard he had made up to 219 recordings of 34 different women who had stayed with him before uploading them to a porn website.[nbsp_tc]

Stuff[nbsp_tc]reported that the man would allow guests to us the shower in the property, but had to organise times first.[nbsp_tc]

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Once those times were organized, the man would place shampoo bottles with hidden cameras around the bathroom and shower, the court heard.[nbsp_tc]

He would then use a remote control to turn them on, catching guests in the shower and undressing.[nbsp_tc]

He would wait until his house guests left the bathroom before retrieving the hidden cameras and uploading footage to his personal hard drive.

Once he had uploaded the videos online, he also encouraged users to leave ‘positive comments’, it was reported.

The court heard the man would caption the videos and describe his victims by race and occupation.[nbsp_tc]

In one case the man also added his own commentary to a video.[nbsp_tc]

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The man’s identity was suppressed by the court, despite the pleas of crown prosecutor Steve Manning.[nbsp_tc]

‘There are 34 victims whose most intimate images have been spread all over the world,’ he said.[nbsp_tc][nbsp_tc]

The man’s lawyer, Matt Phelps, requested the suppression order to protect the man’s wife who he said suffers from a condition which would be compounded if he were identified,’ the[nbsp_tc]New Zealand Herald[nbsp_tc]reported.

Judge Geoff Rea imposed the suppression order and also granted the man bail pending his sentence at the[nbsp_tc]Napier District Court in October.

The most serious charges the man faces carry a maximum jail term of 14 years.

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