Deputies from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ian Corbett, 49, of Sebastopol after an initial investigation revealed he hid a camera and memory card in the bathroom of his female roommates.
Corbett has been charged with the misdemeanors of invasion of privacy and invasion of privacy using a hidden recording device but was released after making his $10,000 bail on Wednesday.
The camera had been facing the shower, the woman who found the device told authorities. A full investigation of the memory card revealed images of the man “handling and installing the camera in the bathroom,” as well as images of the female roommates in various stages of undress, the sheriff’s office said. Another warrant was obtained for Corbett’s computer and other electronic devices.
“This case was solved because an alert victim immediately reported the hidden camera, then several patrol deputies, crime scene investigations detectives, and Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault detectives demonstrated outstanding teamwork,” the department said. “This case also highlights challenges our society is facing as production technology and the size and capabilities of electronic recording devices becomes more advanced.”
All the female roommates have moved out of the house, officials said. The number of women, their names, and their ages have not been disclosed.