Prosecutors have charged a 46-year-old Cass County man after he allegedly installed a video camera into his duplex neighbor’s bathroom.
According to a probable cause statement and complaint, Gerald Camposes’ neighbor became suspicious after she found insulation materials on the toilet in the upstairs bathroom of her home in the 21000 block of S. Soryl Ave. in Peculiar on Feb. 25.
The woman’s husband proceeded to searched their attic to investigate, and found a camera connected to a cord behind the bathroom’s exhaust fan cover, and traced it back to Campos’ attached residence, where it led through a hole that had been cut in a sheetrock wall that separated the attic spaces of the home.
The husband attempted to pull on the cord to retrieve what may have been attached to the other end. At first, he felt resistance, but after a short time, the resistance let up and he was able to retrieve the cord which appeared to have been cut from the opposite end.
A Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputy was sent to the Campos’ home, but was unable to make contact with a resident.
A search warrant for the home was issued and later executed by the CCSO’s Tactical Response Team on the morning of Feb. 27.
At the time of the search warrant, an adult male, adult female, and four children were found in the house. The suspect was not home, but upon investigation, deputies found a meth lab, child pornography, and an illegal firearm in the home.
Later in the day, Campos turned himself to authorities. When questioned, investigators admitted that he had unlawfully entered the attic of his neighbors and had placed a camera that could be used to see the inside of the bathroom.
Campos told officers he did so because he desires excitement and has a constant desire to do things he knows are wrong or illegal.
The suspect was also illegally in possession of the firearm that was found in the home in lieu of a past traffic and drug felony conviction.
Campos has been charged with a first-degree burglary, first-degree attempted invasion of privacy, attempt to manufacture a controlled substance, first-degree endangering welfare of child, unlawful possession of a firearm, and possession of child pornography.
He is being held in the Cass County Jail on a $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court 9 a.m. Thursday, March 6.