Computer Tech Busted for Women’s Room Camera

Hundreds of images found on hidden camera: police

By Dan Stamm
|  Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010  |  Updated 11:55 PM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Del. Man Charged for Hidden Camera in Bathroom

New Castle County Police

Matthew Hawkins faces invasion of privacy charges.

Photos and Videos

Del. Man Charged for Hidden Camera in Bathroom

Police say the suspect's picture was found on the camera.
More Photos and Videos

A curious office manager took the lid off an invasion of privacy that could have spread to bathrooms throughout the Philadelphia area.

A man allegedly placed hidden cameras inside various women’s bathrooms.

Matthew Hawkins of Lansdale, Pa. was arrested Tuesday after police allegedly found photos of several partially-clothed women on a hidden camera he reportedly had placed in a Delaware women’s restroom where he worked.

Back in February an office manager at a business on the 1300 block of Society Drive in Claymont, Del. found the camera secretly placed inside a box on a wall facing a toilet, according to New Castle County Police.

Two days before the employee tipped off the cops, he gave the camera to Hawkins, who worked with the company as a computer technician. Hawkins allegedly examined the device and claimed to have found no images, said police.

Once detectives got a hold of the camera, they found something else -- hundreds of deleted images, said police.

Among the deleted images recovered were images of Hawkins installing the camera in the ceiling above another toilet in a different restroom, cops said.

Further investigation showed that Hawkins, 33, had also allegedly placed hidden cams in multiple other bathrooms including Philadelphia-area hospitals.

The hospitals included weren’t released. Nor were the total numbers of victims.

Hawkins was charged with six counts of invasion of privacy and sent to prison pending $5,000 bail. He could face more charged after police get a better look at Hawkins’ seized computer equipment.

The man's father David Hawkins told NBC Philadelphia he wasn't sure what happened.

"I don't know what exactly happened, I don't know why he did what he did. I mean, I really don't wanna know all the details myself," Hawkins said.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
10 Questions With
We sit down with some of the... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out