Condo owner charged with video voyeurism

Article and Video Courtesy of  FOX 13 News

By Catherine Hawley

Published October 13, 2017



LONGBOAT KEY - A property owner was arrested after hidden cameras were found inside his vacation rental, police said.


According to Longboat Key police, the couple rented a house at Cedars East in Longboat Key using Airbnb in September. Inside the unit, they said they found small video cameras with microphones hidden in two smoke detectors -- one in the living room and one in the master bedroom.

Police arrested Wayne Natt, the property owner, and charged him with felony video voyeurism after searching the Cedar Court house and seized the cameras, along with storage devices and computers.

“Even to think about that is just awful, I think it’s the worst thing could happen to anyone,” said Marcia Borges, a Minnesota woman who was staying in Cedars East with her family.

Police said the 56-year-old man admitted the hidden cameras were his, but told investigators he used them to record sexual activity with consent. However, when officials reviewed the footage, they found video of the couple, who said it was captured without their consent.

Investigators said they are still reviewing all of the recordings they found, but believe there may be other victims. They ask anyone with information or anyone who believes they could be a victim to call the Longboat Key police at (941) 316-1977.

Monday afternoon, an AirBnB spokesman issued this statement about the arrest.

"We are outraged at the reports of what happened; as soon as we were made aware, we permanently banned this individual from our community and fully supported the affected guests. Our team has reached out to local law enforcement to aid them with their investigation of this egregious offense and we hope justice is served. We take privacy issues extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy against this behavior," Benjamin Breit wrote.