Wellington man pleads guilty to filming 50 women in the shower

A shower head.
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A former Wellington teacher has pleaded guilty to filming more than 50 women through a two-way mirror in his bathroom.

The man, who has interim name suppression, pleaded guilty to 49 counts of making intimate visual recordings and five of making an objectionable publication.

A 29-year-old woman who was visiting from Hungary in August last year heard noises from behind the mirror as she was getting into the shower.  She also noticed the shower curtain didn’t quite close.

It was the next day, when she was cleaning, that she discovered a sliding whiteboard behind the mirror and a camera located in the wall that was connected to the garage. She then reported the matter to police.

The camera’s external hard-drive contained 18 hours of intimate recordings of 54 different women showering, changing and using the toilet. They were taken over a five year period, between 2013 and 2018.

Some of the victims were between 12-14 years old.  Two were members of the man’s extended family.

He doesn’t appear to have uploaded or distributed the images.

The man agreed to a process of restorative justice and has been referred for a psychiatric assessment.

He was remanded on bail until sentencing on June 19.