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Man in Switzerland filmed neighbours’ young daughters with camera hidden in pen

A 52-year-old resident of the northern Swiss town of Lucerne was found guilty of downloading child pornography and filming his neighbours’ young daughters using a camera hidden in a pen.

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The father of three had been downloading child pornography between 2011 and 2015, while also running an online forum where such images could be shared. 

The man was apprehended thanks to an Interpol warrant. He was found guilty of secretly filming his neighbour’s young daughters as they used his toilet. He had previously also uploaded images of children from a nudist beach in Austria, reports Swiss news portal 20 Minutes.

Both the young girls were interviewed by investigating authorities, who confirmed that the man had not physically abused them. 

The accused was also found guilty of appropriating a CD of family photos while housesitting his neighbour’s home.

According to an expert who testified in court, the accused had suffered abuse as a child. The court in Lucerne sentenced the man to two years imprisonment, although that sentence was later changed to a course of therapy, and a 34,000 Swiss franc fine. 

While the court judged that the acts were of limited harm, the presiding judge stated that there was a high chance the man could reoffend

Govt to stop wiretap reform – Bonafede

Freezing of case time-outs after 1st ruling being considered

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(ANSA) – Rome, July 11 – Justice Minister Alfonso Bonafede said Wednesday that the government will sink a reform of the use of wiretaps in investigations that was approved by the previous centre-left administration. “The wiretap reform will be stopped because the modifications introduced appear a harmful step back on the road to quality and effectiveness in investigations,” Bonafede told the Senate’s justice committee.
    The reform was in response to years of rows over the publication of wiretaps of people not involved in probes, embarrassing them without due cause.
    Bonafede also said he the 5-Star Movement/League government wants to change to Italy’s statute of limitations to prevent people getting off simple because their cases have timed out, saying this was “fundamental priority”.
    He said one option was for the time-out periods to be frozen after a first-instance ruling on a case.
   
 
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Hidden camera found in girls’ toilet in UP school; principal, 3 teachers arrested

A hidden camera in girls’ toilet in a school in Maharajganj district of Uttar Pradesh has sent shock waves among the students and the parents. Girl students of Everet English-Medium School in Maharajganj district came to know about the hidden camera in their school toilet when a video footage was circulated and leaked on their WhatsApp group on Thursday morning. The parents came to know about the incident when some students refused to attend the school.

Agitated parents rushed to the school and gheraoed the Principal. They also informed the police which recovered the hidden camera installed in one of the girls’ toilets in the school premises. “The camera was wi-fi enabled and recording could be done with the remote after activating the wi-fi,” said the police.

On the complaint of agitated parents, the police lodged a case against the management of the school and arrested the Principal and three teachers in this connection. Parents fear that the camera might have been installed for long and the accused must have made many video clips of their daughters using the toilet.

Girl students alleged that they had seen their social science teacher hanging around the girls’ toilets in a suspicious manner for the past many days. One of the girls had complained to her class teacher about feeling awkward in using the toilet when the teacher was hanging around.

They told parents and the police that it could be handiwork of the social science teacher. The police seized his mobile and laptop and sent for the forensic examination. The Principal, however, pleaded that it could have been the handiwork of some outsider.

“We have been running the school for the past 20 years but such a thing has never happened. It could be the handiwork of some outsiders to defame the school,” said the Principal.

“Investigations are underway and we have seized mobile phones, computers and laptops of all teachers for getting it examined by experts,” said the police.

By Srawan Shukla

South Korean women protest in Seoul over hidden sex cameras

Tens of thousands of women gathered in Seoul on Saturday calling for a crackdown on spy cam pornography, in one of the country’s biggest ever female-only protests.

Perpetrators film or photograph women with hidden cameras in public spaces.

Although distributing pornography is illegal in South Korea, the videos and pictures are shared widely online.

Organisers say women live in constant fear of being photographed or filmed without their knowledge.

Carrying placards and banners with messages like “My life is not your porn”, the women were mostly teenagers or in their 20s – seen as the main victims of the hidden cameras.

“Those men who film such videos! Those who upload them! Those who watch them! All of them should be punished sternly!” they chanted.

The women covered their faces with masks, hats and sunglasses as instructed by the organisers.

Demonstrators said around 55,000 women took part, although police put the figure at around 20,000.

The recent protests began after police arrested a 25-year-old woman in May for secretly photographing a male colleague who posed nude for university art students. She then shared the picture online.

Demonstrators believe police only acted so swiftly because it was a female perpetrator, and pointed to instances of police closing cases with female victims because they could not find the photographers or track them online, because they posted on foreign servers.

While the law mandates a maximum five-year prison term or 10 million won ($8,970; £6,770) fine for creating sexual images, and a maximum seven year sentence and 30 million won ($26,900; £20,200) fine for distributing them for profit, protesters say many receive far lighter punishments.

The recent protests began after police arrested a 25-year-old woman in May for secretly photographing a male colleague who posed nude for university art students. She then shared the picture online.

Demonstrators believe police only acted so swiftly because it was a female perpetrator, and pointed to instances of police closing cases with female victims because they could not find the photographers or track them online, because they posted on foreign servers.

While the law mandates a maximum five-year prison term or 10 million won ($8,970; £6,770) fine for creating sexual images, and a maximum seven year sentence and 30 million won ($26,900; £20,200) fine for distributing them for profit, protesters say many receive far lighter punishments.

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Discovery of camera hidden in hospital toilet sparks investigation

POLICE have launched an investigation after a hidden camera was discovered in a toilet at a Co. Armagh hospital.

In a statement, the trust that operates the hospital said it was working with police over an allegation about a former member of staff.

By Gerard Donaghy

The device was found in ceiling tiles of a toilet in the radiography department of Craigavon Area Hospital.

According to Belfast Live, members of the public have access to the toilet as well as staff.

As part of their investigation, the PSNI are looking into historic cases of voyeurism at the hospital, believed to date back to before February 2015.

The hospital is part of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

In a statement, they said: “The Southern Health and Social Care Trust is co-operating fully with a PSNI investigation following an allegation against a member of staff.

“The member of staff is no longer an employee of the Trust.”

Doug Beattie, Ulster Unionist MLA for Upper Bann, described the alleged offence as ‘despicable’.

“This is a place of sanctuary, where by its very nature our most vulnerable people go,” he said.

“For anybody to take advantage of this, if proven by police, is absolutely despicable.”

Chinese peeping Tom installed secret cameras to film couples in love hotels and sell footage online

Man accused of selling footage through popular social media platform

by Nectar Gan

A man has been arrested in southwest China on suspicion of installing webcams in hotels to film couples having sex and then selling the footage online, according to local media reports.

When the couple went to bed they looked up and saw a hole in the ceiling, which they examined and found a camera had been hidden inside pointing directly at the bed.

The two immediately called the police, who soon arrived and took out the camera.

Police found no memory cards inside so concluded it was a real-time webcam that sent footage to another platform.

“My whole body just froze up,” said the woman, who then decided to spend the night sleeping in the car with her husband.

The next day, the couple went to the hotel to demand an explanation, but the hotel said it was not aware the camera was there.

After further investigation, a second webcam was found in a room on the same floor.

Hotel staff told police they remembered that a man had booked two rooms at the hotel in March and checked in on his own. The two rooms he had booked turned out to be the ones that had the cameras installed.

A month later, police seized the suspect in his flat, and found two hard drives totalling 3 terrabtyes of memory containing the sex tapes he had recorded.

The man was reported to have told police he came up with the idea because he was broke and wanted to earn some quick money by selling the clandestine footage.

He first installed cameras in hotels in his home county about 100km (60 miles) away from Chengdu, but the people who checked in to the hotels were “not ideal”, he said.

Following suggestions from his customers, he decided to install cameras in more expensive hotels in the provincial capital, and bought a fake identity card online.

Through mobile apps, he located love hotels popular among young couples. But the first camera he installed in January was soon discovered by a hotel staff member and thrown away.

Not ready to give up, he tried again in March.

The two cameras he is accused of installing then had been connected to the power strip in the ceiling and could be automatically turned on when the customers plugged in the room key.

The report said footage was directly sent to the man’s phone and then uploaded to a computer.

Police believe the man created a chat group on QQ, a popular social media platform, and started to absorb “members” who would pay a monthly fee for unlimited access to the footage.

In just a few months, the monthly fee rose from 400 yuan (US$60) per month to 2,000 yuan. He had about 10 “members” in total and made 15,000 yuan, he said.

The man has now been officially arrested on the charge of spreading obscene articles. There was no word on whether police would seek to take action against his subscribers.

Man Arrested After Woman Discovers Hidden Camera Installed in Whataburger Toilet

A man has been arrested after police in Abilene say he placed a hidden camera inside the women’s restroom of a Whataburger restaurant.

By Frank Heinz

Abilene police said the device was found in the women’s restroom, but didn’t disclose the specific location inside the restroom and didn’t say how long it may have been there. 


The woman who found the device spoke with KTAB/KRBC-TV in Abilene and said after she used the commode she noticed an “unusual small circle under the rim of the toilet lid.” Upon closer inspection, the woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said she saw what appeared to be a camera lens. The lens was connected to wires which ran under the lid of the tank, which the woman said she ripped out and carried with her to her car where she called police. 


KTAB/KRBC reported that police were investigating to determine if the device was recording photographs or video and if it was transmitting live. 

The victim told KTAB/KRBC she wanted to share the photos because, “I do want to help and make sure women know what to watch out for.”

The man accused of placing the camera in the restroom, TJ Paul Helser, was arrested on Tuesday. He is now facing 14 counts of invasive visual recording which is a state jail felony. 


After the discovery, Abilene police asked restaurant owners and managers to check under sinks, inside toilet tanks and inside fixtures for any electronic device. Should one be found, police ask that the device be left undisturbed and that the police are called. 

To date, Abilene police said no other surreptitious devices have been found. 


After learning of the finding, Whataburger said “this is truly a concerning claim” and that they’ve launched an investigation of their own into the matter. 

CABBIE CAM Lanarkshire taxi driver installed hidden camera in his cab to upskirt female passengers

Police discovered his pervy cam after they raided his home in connection with sick images of children

By David Meikle

A TAXI driver who installed a hidden camera to film under the clothing of unsuspecting passengers is facing jail.

David Whitehead, 53, set up the covert device in a twisted bid to record members of the public as they travelled in his vehicle.

His seedy spying operation saw him capture footage of a passenger but it only came to light when police raided his home in connection with sick images of children.

Officers launched a dawn raid at the property in Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire, after a tip off and discovered extreme clips and pictures.

The disturbing haul of 2503 photos and 1529 videos included horrific footage of abuse.

Whitehead appeared at Airdrie Sheriff Court and admitted taking or permitting indecent images of children between August 2005 and August 2017

He also admitted having the hidden camera in his car between August and September 2013.

The court was told Whitehead was stripped of his taxi licence soon after his arrest last year.

 

Depute fiscal Agnes Meek said: “Information was received by the National Child Abuse Prevention that a device associated with the locus was connected to the internet and had indecent images of children available for sharing.

“Officers sought and were granted a warrant and police attended to execute the warrant.

“A systematic search was carried out and a number of devices were seized.

“The accused while standing in his kitchen in front of officers, stated ‘it is all me, nothing to do with my boy’.

“He was detained and after provided a no comment interview.”

Miss Meek added: “One moving image is 29 minutes long and features several clips put together of child sexual exploitation.”

Sheriff Derek O’Carroll deferred sentence and continued Whitehead’s bail for reports but warned him to expect to be sent to prison.

He added: “Given the nature of the offences you should understand that a custodial sentence is very much at the forefront of this court’s mind.

“I will continue your bail but you should not draw any conclusions from that regarding the ultimate final disposal of this case.”

Whitehead was placed on the sex offenders register.

North Lanarkshire Council confirmed they revoked Whitehead’s taxi licence last year.

His not guilty pleas to possessing indecent photos, possessing extreme bestiality images and possessing cannabis were accepted by prosecutors.

Dad arrested for recording teen daughter, friend in bathroom

A Michigan father spied on his teen daughter and her friend for nearly two years — and even set up a hidden camera in his own bathroom to record the girls, authorities said.

By Joshua Rhett Miller

Gary Lloyd Miller, of Norton Shores, was arrested after his wife found the secret camera, which was disguised as a phone charger in the couple’s bathroom, MLive.com reports.

Miller, 60, is accused of surreptitiously recording his 18-year-old daughter and one of her friends from October 2016 through June, according to Muskegon County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Timothy Maat.

Miller — who surrendered to authorities on May 31 — was arraigned on June 14 on four charges, including two counts each of capturing an image of an unclothed person and surveilling an unclothed person. If convicted of both felonies, he faces up to seven years in prison.

Miller posted $50,000 bond on the day of his arrest and was never formally taken into custody at the Muskegon County Jail as part of an abbreviated booking process that did not include a mugshot, Maat said.

After waiving his preliminary hearing, Miller was ordered to stand trial in Muskegon County Circuit Court, MLive.com reports.

SPY CAM HUSBAND Suspicious husband used spy camera to film his teacher wife in their bedroom for three years because he wrongly thought she was having an affair

His wife found 29 videos of herself that had been shot in the bedroom – lasting between a few seconds and up to 40 minutes

By Ellie Cambridge

A SUSPICIOUS husband spied on his teacher wife for three years using a hidden camera in their bedroom – as he wrongly thought she was having an affair.

Paul Lewis, 46, continued to record partner Ann, even though his covert filming revealed she wasn’t cheating on him.

 

Eventually Ann found 29 videos of herself shot in the bedroom when the camera was moved to the kitchen.

Some lasted a few seconds and others were as long as 40 minutes – with some showing Lewis installing the camera.

When Ann confronted shaven-haired Lewis in January of this year, he said he was glad she had found the camera – adding she had been “p*****g me off long enough”.

Lewis told police he installed the camera because he thought Ann, 45, was having an affair and he wanted to catch her.

 

But he said continued filming because he knew it would annoy her.

Swansea Crown Court heard the marriage was “effectively over” and there was “no sexual motive” for his covert camera behaviour on his wife.

James Hartson, defending Lewis, said his client lost his good character “in the most shameful of ways”.

Mr Hartsson gave five personal references which showed Lewis to be a “kind-hearted, hard-working and well-liked man”.

Judge Keith Thomas told Lewis: “You have committed a thoroughly unpleasant offence.”

Lewis, of Aberdulais, near Neath, South Wales, was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months after he admitted harassment.

He was also handed a five-year restraining order and must do 120 hours of unpaid work.

 

The couple have since parted and keen musician Lewis has moved back to live with his elderly mother.

After the case, his mother Margaret said: “He’s not a bad boy but he’s just done one stupid thing. This should have all been sorted out without going to the police.”

A neighbour said: “They seemed like a very normal couple to the outside world but clearly things weren’t right there – and he left in a bit of a hurry. I dare say we won’t be invited around to see the family videos now.”