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Man faces invasion of privacy counts

December 04, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Harpers Ferry, W.Va., man was charged Friday with placing a hidden camera in his bathroom so he could record his roommate getting ready to take showers, according to records filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Allen Gibson, 56, of 840 Kidwiler Road, was charged with 12 misdemeanor counts of criminal invasion of privacy.

West Virginia State Police Trooper M.L. Dickerson started an investigation after Julien Hubert spoke to police on May 9.

Hubert called police after he found a camera hidden in the ventilation grate in the home's bathroom. The camera was in the head of a screw, police said.

Hubert was living with Gibson, his employer, police said.

After finding the camera, Hubert went into the attic and found cables leading from the bathroom grate to a small storage area in Gibbons' home office, records state.

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Police obtained a search warrant and seized Gibson's laptop computer, desktop computer, video tapes, an LCD video screen and ventilation grates, records state.

One of the tapes contained 12 separate videos of Hubert nude in the bathroom, police said.

The images on that tape were recorded when Hubert lived with Gibson in a home on Paynes Ford Road, records state. Police said the videos started at the Berkeley County home in January 2003, then continued after Gibson and Hubert moved into a house together in Harpers Ferry.

Gibson was released on $5,000 bail, with a condition that he have no contact with Hubert, records state.

Conviction on a charge of criminal invasion of privacy carries a sentence of up to a year in jail and/or up to a $5,000 fine.

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