Mooresville man charged with felony secret peeping after hidden cameras found

He was given a $100,000 bond.
A Mooresville man is accused of installing hidden cameras inside his home to film unaware visitors inside his home.
Published: Oct. 24, 2022 at 11:53 AM EDT
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MOORESVILLE, N.C. (WBTV) - A Mooresville man is accused of installing hidden cameras inside his home to film unaware visitors inside his home.

Chad Allen Krantz was arrested Oct. 14 after the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report that someone found cameras made to look like smoke detectors throughout the home.

Iredell County Sheriff’s Office haven’t detailed the relationship between the man arrested and the house where these cameras were found, but tell WBTV the crimes happened between June and September of 2022.

Chad Allen Krantz
Chad Allen Krantz(Iredell County Sheriff's Office)

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Clark Walton, the Managing Director of Reliance Forensics tells WBTV these hidden cameras can be purchased from places like Amazon.

In this case, the cameras were hidden in smoke detectors throughout the home and used to film unaware visitors.

Walton said, “thinking about how those devices work is what’s important in thinking about how to spot those because a true pinhole camera that is well concealed is going to be difficult to see just in the ordinary course of your daily life.”

The forensic experts said people should be aware of those with access to personal spaces like your home, and what’s connected to your home Wi-Fi since some devices rely on it.

“Checking your home’s Wi-Fi router to see what devices are connected to your Wi-Fi, making sure you can identify what those devices are, whether it’s your phone, your computer, your thermostat, we have so many devices we connect to the internet, I wouldn’t necessarily be alarmed if you can’t identify a couple of those right off the bet,” said Walton.

Deputies say several computers, cameras and SD cards were taken as evidence.

A search warrant obtained by WBTV shows Krantz planted the cameras in the bathrooms for the intent of “arousing the sexual desire.”

“It sounds like it could be a domestic situation,” said Walton. “Two people have access to a space, one person may have put some sort of device in there, it’s really hard as we live our lives day-to-day, if I don’t notices small changes, the appearance of a small hole in the wall or a smoke detector, it’s really hard to pick up on that when people do have continued shared access to spaces.”

Krantz was charged with 11 counts of felony secret peeping with more charges expected.

Court documents show the suspect was placed on a 100,000 bond and is set to appear in court on November 7th.

The sheriff’s office said the investigation is continuing and more charges are expected.