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Airbnb cabin host had more than 2,000 images of guests naked and having sex that he secretly filmed, police allege

Mar 7, 2022, 22:59 IST
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  • A Texas Airbnb host faces 15 counts of invasive visual recording after police say he hid a camera.
  • Police say A Jay Allee, 54, had 2,100 images of guests naked and having sex.
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An Airbnb host in Texas faces 15 counts of invasive visual recording after police say they discovered 2,100 images of guests naked and having sex.

Police say a camera, disguised as a power adapter, was uncovered in A Jay Allee's Texas cabin. A guest found it in a bedroom of the secluded cabin near San Antonio that was described as a quaint, quiet, and safe hill-country vacation spot, according to the local news site KSAT.

The 54-year-old faces 15 counts of invasive visual recording, according to a Kendall County Sheriff's investigator, KSAT reported. Investigators uncovered the images on laptops, phones, and a tablet linked to the hidden device.

Allee's lawyer says he is innocent of all the charges, the site reports.

KSAT reported that the original affidavit said Allee's arrest in December came after a couple staying in Allee's guest house became suspicious of his comments, such as, "be comfortable. We don't care if you are in your pj's or nude."

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Kendall County cops launched an investigation into Allee and alleged he had been filming guests for at least a year, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

Bianca Zuniga-Goldwater, an attorney who represents 17 people potentially victimized by Allee who stayed at the cabin, told KSAT: "It's a real-life scary movie."

Nico LaHood, part of the host's defense team, said Allee maintains his innocence and is "looking forward to his day in court."

Airbnb told KSAT: "On our platform, we strictly ban hidden cameras. The reported criminal behavior of this bed-and-breakfast owner is outrageous, and he and his property are banned from Airbnb.

"Our law enforcement operations team has been working to support the Kendall County Sheriff's Office in their investigation."

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