Man used hidden camera to spy on girls

BELINDA FEEK
Last updated 13:05 17/07/2014

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A Waikato man set up a camera in an air-freshener container in his bathroom to spy on his daughter and two friends, a court has heard.

The man, who cannot be named because it would identify the victims, set up the covert camera so he could watch the girls - all aged 12 to 14 - in the bathroom in various states of undress.

He also plied one of his daughter's friends with alcohol and gifts as well as showing her pornographic movies, the Hamilton District Court heard.

Yesterday he admitted three charges of intentionally making an intimate visual recording and one charge of doing an indecent act with intent to insult.

All of the offending took place in the man's house between January 1, 2012 and December 2013.

The first victim, who was aged between 12 and 13 during the offending, was a good friend of the man's daughter, the court was told.

During the offending he showed the victim pornographic movies and talked to her about sexual matters.

"These conversations were clearly inappropriate and the victim was informed that she could watch porn at his home," Judge Glen Marshall said.

The man offered to take photos of the girl but it didn't happen.

Judge Marshall said the man had recorded three hours' footage of the first victim taking showers during that time. He had 10 minutes of footage of his daughter in the bathroom and two minutes of the third victim.

The man's offending was revealed when the first victim noticed the camera in the air freshener.

Judge Marshall read excerpts from the victim impact statements of the first victim and her mother.

The mother said she had trusted the man at the time and relied on him to look after her daughter while she stayed at his house, and expected her to stay safe.

She labelled his actions "disgusting" after exposing her daughter to explicit sexual behaviour.

The man, who sat with his head bowed during his appearance, was convicted and remanded on bail for sentencing next month.

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- Waikato Times

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