Couple Staying at Airbnb Find Hidden Camera in Bedroom

Dozens of guests going back years may have been recorded without their knowledge
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2017 6:04 PM CDT
Updated Oct 11, 2017 12:33 AM CDT
Couple Staying at Airbnb Find Hidden Camera in Bedroom
Wayne Natt   (Mugshot)

A couple from Indiana staying in a Florida condo they rented on Airbnb last month was shocked to find a camera and microphone hidden inside what appeared to be a smoke detector in the master bedroom and another in the living room, WFLA reports. Derek Starnes tells WFTS he called police immediately. The Longboat Key Police Department "seized a lot of computer storage data devices, hard drives, computers, laptops, SD cards, anything that would store data" and arrested the owner of the condo, 56-year-old Wayne Natt. He was charged with video voyeurism. Det. Bob Bourque tells WWSB they "are still reviewing how many victims there possibly are," but Starnes says Natt's Airbnb page had more than 40 reviews.

Police say Natt claims he lives in the condo when it isn't being rented, the cameras are for personal use only (he says he hosts sex parties), and he has consent from everyone who is filmed. "If people are consenting to recording sexual activity, why is it hidden in a smoke alarm?" Bourque tells WFTS. Police say videos from the cameras, which can be remotely operated, show multiple people dating back to 2008. And Starnes, who looked at the SD card from the camera after discovering it, says it filmed him while he was naked in the bedroom. “My wife and I are distressed by this situation," Starnes says. "I hope more victims will come forward." Airbnb has "permanently banned" Natt, who had been a host for two years and whose Airbnb listing specified no guests under the age of 18. (More Airbnb stories.)

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