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Airbnb Guests Discover Camera In Smoke Detector (Video)

| by David Bonner
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A Florida Airbnb host has been arrested for illegally video recording his guests.

Wayne Natt, 56, was arrested and charged with one count of video voyeurism, reports WFTS.

Derek Starnes and his wife were staying at Natt's condo in Longboat Key when they noticed a hidden camera in a smoke detector in the master bedroom. Upon inspecting it, they realized it was focused on the bed.

Starnes immediately called the police.

"We seized a lot of computer storage data devices, hard drives, computers, laptops SD cards -- anything that would store data," Lt. Bob Bourque said. "We don't know if there are local victims, someone who may have been dating him or a companion, that doesn't realize they are being videotaped, and then we have the other side of who he rented to through Airbnb."


 
Bourque said Natt's account has been active on Airbnb for two years.

"My wife and I are distressed by this situation," said Starnes in a phone interview with WFTS. "I hope more victims will come forward."

Starnes shared a photo he took off the device that shows him and his wife staring up at the camera.  He said the video also captured him walking through the bedroom naked.  

After being arrested, Natt gave a statement to police with his lawyer present. According to Bourque, Natt admitted there are dozens of videos of people engaged in sex parties he hosted at the home, but said everyone gave their consent to be filmed.

Smoke, Detector, Fire, Alarm, Burning, Safety"He says that everyone videoed had knowledge he was videoing them," Bourque explained. "What we said to that was… if people are consenting to recording sexual activity why is it hidden in a smoke alarm? He said it was for recording sexual activity."

In response, Natt explained that putting the camera in the smoke alarm "gave him a better angle."

In a statement to WFTS, Airbnb representative Ben Breit said:

We are outraged at the reports of what happened; as soon as we were made aware, we permanently banned this individual from our community and fully supported the affected guests. Our team has reached out to local law enforcement to aid them with their investigation of this egregious offense and we hope justice is served. We take privacy issues extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy against this behavior.

The crime of video voyeurism is defined by Chapter 810, Section 145 of the Florida Statute, as published by Online Sunshine, "The Official Internet Site of the Florida Legislature."

The law states that a person commits video voyeurism if that person: "For his or her own amusement, entertainment, sexual arousal, gratification, or profit, or for the purpose of degrading or abusing another person, intentionally uses or installs an imaging device to secretly view, broadcast, or record a person, without that person's knowledge and consent, who is dressing, undressing, or privately exposing the body, at a place and time when that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy."

Natt is currently out of jail on bond and has a court date scheduled for November, reports People magazine.

Sources: WFTS, Miami HeraldOnline Sunshine, People / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: WFTS, Max Pixel

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