Police Arrest Mastermind Behind Peeping-Tom Videos

  • By Kwon Sang-eun

    August 28, 2015 11:52

    A man suspected of commissioning hidden-camera videos of naked women in water park shower rooms is taken to a police station in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province on Thursday. /Newsis

    Police have arrested a man in his 30s for orchestrating the filming and distribution of videos of about 200 naked women in water park shower rooms with a hidden camera.

    Earlier this week, police arrested a woman for allegedly recording the videos with a camcorder after being offered money by a man she met online.

    The 33-year-old man, identified only by his surname Kang, admitted colluding with the woman to take the videos in July and August in showers and locker rooms at water parks in Gyeonggi and Gangwon provinces and swimming pools along the Han River. But he claims he simply asked her to take the videos for his personal gratification and denies distributing the videos on the Internet.

    According to police, Kang accompanied the woman to waterparks and paid her a total of W2 million (US$1=W1,182) for the videos. Kang claims he kept the footage stored on a hard drive which he threw away four or five months ago. He said he purchased the camcorder, which resembles a mobile phone case, in early July last year for W400,000.

    Kang said he met the woman on a mobile chat site. Police learned that he planned to escape to another country with his accomplice when police started searching for her.

    Police tracked him down by analyzing records left on the woman's mobile phone. He was apprehended at an expressway rest stop in Jangseong, South Jeolla Province. Accosted by reporters, Kang apologized to the victims.

    Police plan to search his home for further evidence on whether he put the videos online.

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