Elderly man used spy cam in clock to peep on exchange students, cops allege

A 78-year-old Tavares man was charged with video voyeurism after a German foreign-exchange student he hosted discovered he was being secretly recorded in the bathroom, police said.

Lloyd Lindquist was arrested Monday after the teenager, who attended Tavares High School, told police he discovered that a clock in the bathroom contained a spy camera. Two other foreign-exchange students also allegedly were secretly recorded in the bathroom.

The student who made the report had been living with Lindquist since August 2013 and told police he became aware of the spy camera in mid-May, a couple of weeks after he saw several gay pornographic images while using Lindquist's computer, according to an arrest affidavit.

The teen began to look through the browser's history and saw websites for digital spy-clock cameras and other spy-camera systems. A week later he saw an email confirming the purchase of a spy camera. The student then found a mirror-style digital clock in the bathroom, which he used alone as Lindquist had a bathroom connected to his bedroom. The student opened the back of the clock and found a memory card and USB port, police said.

Police obtained a search warrant on May 18 and seized the spy-camera clock, laptop and other items from Lindquist's home on Marsh Harbor Drive. An investigator analyzed the evidence and found video images of the teen in the bathroom being recorded without his knowledge "in an area that he believed to have a reasonable expectation of privacy."

Other videos showed two other unidentified males in the bathroom. Police contacted the foreign-exchange students' host agencies, which provided names and other documentation regarding the teens who stayed with Lindquist.

Lindquist faces nine counts of video voyeurism and two counts of child pornography for crimes that occurred between Dec. 31, 2009, and May 18, according to the affidavit.

He was released later Monday from the Lake County Jail after posting $55,000 bond.

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