Prosecutors say a Schenectady man posted video footage of women using his bathroom online, where one of them eventually found it.
The victim’s discovery set in motion an investigation that would lead to his arrest, but finding herself exposed on the Internet was not a pleasant experience, prosecutor Jessica Lorusso said.
“I can only imagine complete horror,” she said of the woman’s reaction.
Keifer Wray, 24, of Michigan Avenue, was charged this week with one count each of second-degree unlawful surveillance, a felony, and second-degree dissemination of an unlawful surveillance image, a misdemeanor.
He is accused of secretly videotaping at least two women, both visitors at his residence, as they used the bathroom sometime between Jan. 1 and Aug. 11.
Wray allegedly accomplished this by placing a camera disguised in a small silver clock in his bathroom. He is then accused of uploading at least one of the videos to a website based outside the United States.
The alleged scheme began to unravel as the woman spotted the clock and a red light on it, Lorusso said.
Lorusso said it wasn’t apparent what the clock was, but there was a USB port on the back. Sometime later, as the victim used Wray’s laptop with his consent, she saw an email related to uploading a video to a site.
“She kind of put one and one together,” Lorusso said.
At some point after that, she found the video itself online.
By that point, Wray had admitted to the woman that the clock was a camera, Lorusso said.
As far as the videos uploaded to the site, Lorusso said she will be working with the state police to determine what can be done. But the site is believed to be based outside the United States, likely making efforts to have the videos taken down difficult, if not impossible.
The charges are based on the reasonable expectation of privacy in the man’s bathroom, Lorusso said. “When they don’t know they’re being taped, that’s where the crime comes in,” she said.
The investigation is continuing and authorities are concerned that there may be more victims, Lorusso said.
Wray appeared in court and was released to return later. He is due back Sept. 4.