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Peeping tom camera found in girls’ showers

Published: 21 Aug 2011 09:07 GMT+02:00
Updated: 21 Aug 2011 09:07 GMT+02:00

A tiny spy camera disguised as a towel rack was discovered in a women’s shower room in western Sweden. Officials say video from the hidden device was ”for sexual purposes.”

Girls have been filmed showering at the Bergdalens IK sports clubhouse in Borås and police believe that video taken was used for sexual purposes.

”We do not know how long it lasted nor how many have been filmed,” Borås police investigator Sture Thorstensson told local newspaper Borås Tidning (BT).

The incognito camera, a type of spy camera that can be ordered online, was discovered Tuesday evening after a junior male training session. Men use the women’s shower room when ladies are off from their training.

The lens was disguised as a towel rack that looked as if it were about to fall off and hung about one metre above the ground recording both video and audio footage.

Bergdalens IK immediately filed a police report and handed over the camera and its memory cards for forensic examination.

”The camera has been running now and then and has filmed the girls. It is too early to comment on the scope,” Thorstensson told BT.

With the club’s assistance, authorities will work to ”carefully and considerately” identify the females in the videos by showing only facial images of those affected to a very limited number of people at the club.

The shower room is primarily used by females ranging from 6-years-old up to adults.

Management at Bergdalens IK clubhouse have promised transparency during the investigation and will keep members up to date on the investigation via their website.

With no current suspects, the Borås police assume the possible motive was filming for sexual purposes and are working to trace the tracks and find who was sitting behind the camera.

Criminal charges could include sexual assault, sexual harassment and violation of the video surveillance law.

Karen Holst (kholstmedia@gmail.com)

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16:27 August 21, 2011 by jacquelinee
You would think with all the stupid porn everywhere (and on every search pretty much) on the internet, the pervs had enough smut to keep themselves "happy" without going to all that trouble and extra work.
17:09 August 21, 2011 by lovedealer76
@jacquelinee

Well said mate,i guess this individual is so fade up with porns as it looks so theatrical,which is one of the reason i don't like porn my self,this dude was lookin for the real deal.

It's a pity for all those victims though.....
17:15 August 21, 2011 by Streja
Taking a shower is not pornographic. The person who put the camera there is obviously sick.
17:22 August 21, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ Streja

Get serious. Of COURSE showering is not pornography. But the camera was not put in there because whoever did it wanted to watch water running. Not sick really, just a plain old, run of the mill perv, but an ambitious one. Got up off the computer chair and installed some hardware. Seems like a lot of work to see naked videos when there have to be at least 50,000,000 of them on the internet.
18:10 August 21, 2011 by Streja
I meant that it's more of a peeping tom kind of personality not someone just looking for porn. He gets a feeling of being in power.
18:15 August 21, 2011 by Lee_kina
The person who set the camera is disgusting.
18:30 August 21, 2011 by jacquelinee
@Streja

I think you may have just hit the nail on the head. So very true.
19:51 August 21, 2011 by Gamla Hälsingebock
Obviously the perpetrator is not Swedish. LOLX3
20:34 August 21, 2011 by wxman
"Police believe that video taken was used for sexual purposes." Gee, ya think? What was your first clue, Sherlock?
20:36 August 21, 2011 by jacquelinee
Hej Gubbe! Changed threads huh? Must have lost the discussion I guess.
20:58 August 21, 2011 by J Jack
umm that's why god gave us an imagination and a right hand .. how desperate to put a cam in a shower.
02:52 August 24, 2011 by Tanskalainen
I don't believe one word of this article. The Local needs to post some of these photos as proof.
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