A longtime CNBC show director has been accused of spying on his teen nanny with a hidden bathroom camera, continuing a relentless string of sex scandals for NBCUniversal.
The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that Dan Switzen hid a spy camera in a tissue box in the bathroom of his Westchester, N.Y. home in order to spy on his teenage au pair.
According to authorities, a friend of the 18-year-old nanny discovered the camera in the bathroom on November 18.
The teens took the camera to police that evening and law enforcement found “incriminating” images on the memory card. Police secured a search warrant and arrested Switzen on a felony charge of unlawful surveillance.
The complaint filed reads, “He intentionally installed a video recording device in a tissue box located in his family’s bathroom to surreptitiously view a person dressing or undressing…at a place and time when (the victim) had a reasonable expectation of privacy without (her) knowledge or consent.”
Switzen’s lawyer, Jeffrey Chartier, said his client was released without bail and called him a “decent family man.”
According to his LinkedIn, Switzen has been with CNBC for 16 years and has credits as a director on “The Suze Orman Show” and “Power Lunch.”
Switzen and CNBC declined to comment on the allegations.
On Tuesday, Page Six reported that NBC was trying to crack down on sexual misconduct at the network after a string of high-profile allegations against Mark Halperin, Matt Lauer, and Chris Matthews. NBC reportedly told employees to tattle on colleagues who had workplace relationships, and warned staffers about sharing cabs with colleagues or giving inappropriate hugs. (RELATED: NBC Reportedly Tells Staff To Tattle On Misbehaving Colleagues)