Police Arrest TN Man for Hotel Hidden Camera Operation
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WKBT) - A Tennessee man has been arrested after Eau Claire police found enormous amounts of hidden hotel camera footage at an area Hampton Inn.
On March 29th police responded to a suspicious activity complaint from a mother and her college age daughter who had been staying in a room at the hotel.
The two women said during the course of their stay, they reported receiving suspicious phone calls, coincidental hotel maintenance requests, along with a possible false fire alarm.
The search revealed evidence to suggest tampering of the carpet directly below the adjacent door as well as electronics that are consistent with surveillance and video storage. It was believed that a small camera was placed under the door that would be pointed towards the bathroom of the two women.
William Ted Davis, 42, was determined to be the renter of the adjoining room and was arrested for invasion of privacy and capturing a representation of nudity.
Digital forensic examination of additional video found in the room rented by Davis yielded a large quantity of evidence linking Davis to additional crimes, including hidden cameras placed in bathroom stalls that recorded video of many women, including children, without their consent.
Davis lives in Smyrna, TN and was in Eau Claire staying at the Hampton Inn for work.
The Smyrna Police Department conducted a search warrant at Davis' home address and located over a thousand more videos containing footage of women and children in bathroom stalls without their consent.
Davis was later arrested in Smyrna and is currently in custody on a $100,000 cash bail.