Sulphur man faces another count of video voyeurism

Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 4:49 PM CST
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Sulphur, LA (KPLC) - They can be hidden in plain sight, disguised as normal items.

“When it comes to cameras, I’ll be honest with you - it could be anything from phone to watch, ties - anything that is affiliated with internet,” security specialist Aaron Bellard said.

“That’s one reason I don’t try on clothes in the dressing room,” Kristian Williams said. “I don’t know who sets up cameras where it’s me and my daughter.”

Steven Davis, 56, was arrested Tuesday after a video recording device was found in the women’s restroom of a local restaurant, according to information from the Sulphur Police Department.

A second count of video voyeurism was added Friday after detectives found that Davis also placed the recording device at another location, according to Sgt. Nicholas Johnson, with the Sulphur Police Department.

In neither case did the recording device capture anyone on video, Johnson said.

Davis’s total bond is now $130,000.

Johnson said he does not plan to release the name of the restaurant because Davis was not an employee there and it was the restaurant’s employees who noticed him acting strange, found him in the women’s bathroom and reported that to police.

Following this incident, security camera specialists warn what to look out for if you are suspicious of being recorded in a private place.

“In the bathroom, it could be right there in your face, right there by the toilet by the tissue, anything that can be affiliated with being hidden,” Bellard said. “Internet wise - all it needs is a hacker to hack into anything - a restaurant or your home.”

A simple search on Amazon yields thousands of results, hidden cameras disguised as smoke detectors, pens, even nails.

Davis faces 2 counts of video voyeurism after his alleged ploy to secretly record. His arrest is prompting others to be on the lookout for anything suspicious.

“That’s why so many people probably have anxiety because I have anxiety and I’ll look everywhere and I’m just such a paranoid person we look at the ceilings at all times and I’ll look at everything before,” Williams said.

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