Airbnb renters find hidden camera in bedroom of Longboat Key condo

Couple Calls Cops Over Airbnb Hidden Camera. And It's Not The First Time.

Couple Calls Cops Over Airbnb Hidden Camera. And It's Not The First Time.

A couple who stayed in a Florida Airbnb found hidden cameras that they reported to the police, leading to their host being charged with voyeurism.

Derek Starnes and his wife told the news channel they were freaked out over what happened.

The landlord, a man named Wayne Natt, was arrested on October 3 and, according to an Ars Technica report, charged with one count of video voyeurism.

Starnes shared a photograph he took of the device that shows him and his wife staring up at the camera, and reveals he knows the video captured him walking through the bedroom naked.

According to published reports, Derek Starnes said he and his wife noticed a small hole in the smoke detector on the ceiling of their Airbnb's bedroom on September 1, the day after they checked into the condo at 623 Cedars Court. When he took it down to inspect it, he discovered that the hole was actually a tiny camera equipped with a microphone. Bob Bourque said. "We don't know if there are local victims - someone who may have been dating him or a companion that doesn't realize they are being videotaped - and then we have the other side of who he rented to through Airbnb".

In a statement to the Tampa Bay Times, Airbnb spokesman Benjamin Breit said Natt had an account on its website for two years and was reviewed around 40 times. "I hope more victims will come forward", he said.

"My wife and I are distressed by this situation", he told ABC.

It's believed everyone gave Natt consent to be filmed.

According to Longboat Key police, when asked why he needed to hide the camera in a smoke detector if the participants were consenting, Natt replied that the mounted camera "provided a better angle". He reportedly told police the cameras weren't recording while the unit was rented out via Airbnb. He claimed he was a swinger and had recorded dozens of videos of sexual activity on the property, but with the subjects' knowledge. "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".