A 43-year-old Indiana man was arrested last week for allegedly using hidden cameras in his home and workplaces to covertly film more than a dozen underage and adult women – including members of his family. own family – who used the bathroom and changed clothes in places the victims thought were private.
Marcus Deweese Sr. was arrested on Thursday and charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography, two counts of photographing the sexual behavior of a minor, 13 counts of voyeurism and three counts of videotaping of the sexual behavior of a minor, files examined by the program Law&Crime.
According to a press release from the Fishermen’s Police Department, the investigation into Deweese began when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) contacted authorities with a tip regarding possible sexual abuse content on kids uploaded by a google user. Investigators say they were then able to connect the Google email account to Deweese.
On March 23, investigators obtained and executed a search warrant at Deweese’s home located in the 2500 block of East Seventh Street in Anderson, about 35 miles northeast of Indianapolis. During the search, police said they recovered digital evidence including “child pornography and voyeurism material”.
“DeWeese used hidden cameras to record the victims in various stages of undressing at his home and at his former employer’s,” the statement said. “At this time, all of the victims have been identified and detectives are working to notify those involved.”
The Herald Bulletin reports that police found more than 400 images and videos of girls between the ages of 9 and 16.
A sworn affidavit of probable cause obtained by Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR provided further details about the depravity of Deweese’s alleged conduct, which included the surreptitious shooting of more than 140 women, including his wife and friends. children.
Investigators reportedly said Deweese hid the spycams in the bedrooms and bathrooms of his workplace as well as several of his homes, using electrical outlets, closets and vents to camouflage the devices from detection. . He reportedly made around 140 recordings and took 424 photos.
Court documents wouldn’t say where Deweese was employed, but he allegedly told police he started placing cameras in bathrooms at work in 2016 and would start recording when someone came in to use toilet.
Additionally, prosecutors allegedly accused Deweese of filming teenage girls stripping as they stood right outside their windows, meaning he was only a few feet away from the victims at the time. .
Deweese’s wife, who wished to remain anonymous, spoke to WTHR about the alleged abuses perpetrated against her, her family and the other victims. She told the station she had no idea what Deweese was up to until police entered her home with a search warrant.
“The cameras were in the bathrooms, both of them. They were in the ceiling fan, the air vents, the light, that’s where they were,” she said, adding, “I think it’s a freak.
Deweese’s wife said investigators asked her for help identifying some of the victims Deweese allegedly filmed inside their home.
“I had to watch videos of friends and family to identify myself. They even asked me if I wanted to see the videos of myself. Of course, I refused. There is not even no words to describe it. It’s horrible,” she told the station. “It’s the ultimate violation: just watching unsuspecting women in the shower, underage women, girls in the shower It’s unimaginable how many people he’s hurt.
Deweese is currently being held in the Madison County Jail on $100,000 bond or bail.
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