Cesar Adam Mendez Fuentes, 35, was accused of hiding a camera in a room he hired a woman through Airbnb.
(Greenville Police Department )
A South Carolina man was on Saturday arrested after a woman discovered a hidden camera in the room he hired her via Airbnb.
Cesar Adam Mendez Fuentes, 35, of Greenville, was charged with voyeurism after the unidentified woman, 26, told the police discovered the camera in an alarm clock, FOX Carolina reported.
The woman told the police that she found it suspicious that the alarm appeared in her room a few days into her stay.
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Greenville Police Sgt. Johnathan Bragg told FOX Carolina the woman tried to use the clock, but discovered that it doesn’t work.
“They started with the manipulation of the alarm clock and realized that there is not an on or off switch,” Bragg said. “So she realized that it was probably a camera and she left the apartment.”
The wife, a traveling nurse from Calhoun, Ga., went to Mendez Fuentes’ Airbnb profile, and wrote a warning to other nurses and travelers who are considering renting from the defendant.
Bragg said that the camera in the room was a violation of privacy.
“The camera in your own space, in your own home is fine,” Bragg said. “But if you’re an Airbnb and you are renting for the purposes of spying on somebody or looking for someone who is in an intimate space such as a bedroom dresser, that is where it crosses the line from voyeurism.”
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Airbnb released a statement about the incident and confirmed Mendez Fuentes was “permanently banned” from the site.
“Airbnb takes privacy very seriously, and there is absolutely no place in our community for this kind of illegal and outrageous behavior. The person concerned is permanently banned from our community and our guests receive our full support. We have reached out to law enforcement to offer our assistance with their investigation,” the company said. “We hope that justice will be served quickly. Cameras are never allowed in bathrooms or bedrooms and any other camera, to be made public in advance.”
The company told FOX Carolina that every Airbnb host was required to “reveal all the monitoring devices in their place of residence.”
Mendez Fuentes was held on a $5,000 bond at the Greenville County Detention Center.
This is not the first time guests have found cameras hidden in their Airbnb rental. In October, a couple found a hidden camera disguised as a smoke detector in their rental in Longboat Key, Florida.