A high-ranking New Zealand officer is accused of putting a camera in the New Zealand Embassy bathroom in Washington, D.C., according to a New Zealand court Friday.
Alfred Keating, 58, a former New Zealand Navy commodore who previously worked for the New Zealand Embassy in D.C. as a senior defense attache, allegedly used a hidden camera to record people in the embassy bathroom, The New York Times reported. The embassy found the camera on July 27, 2017 in a unisex bathroom used by 60 employees. The camera had 19 pictures of people over a five-hour period. Police found the officer’s DNA on the camera, according to Radio New Zealand.
New Zealand police officers further investigated the case by traveling to Washington, D.C., since Keating could claim diplomatic immunity if charged in the United States. The police officers studied the material in New Zealand and obtained a search warrant to look for Keating’s materials when he arrived back in his home country. The camera was covered in dust so authorities believe the camera was in the bathroom for a while. (RELATED: Starbucks Launches Inquiry Over Hidden Camera Placed Over Bathroom Baby Changing Station)
Keating is charged with trying to make an “intimate visual recording” and faces up to 18 months in jail if he is convicted.
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