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US man jailed for secretly filming naked wife

An appeals court in the US state of Minnesota has upheld a one-year prison sentence for a man who drilled a hole in his bathroom wall and filmed his wife naked without her consent.

world Updated: Mar 12, 2010 09:13 IST

An appeals court in the US state of Minnesota has upheld a one-year prison sentence for a man who drilled a hole in his bathroom wall and filmed his wife naked without her consent.

The wife of Richard Perez, referred to in the court documents just as KP, contacted police in July 2006 after discovering video clips on their home computer of her climbing in and out of the bathtub.

The estranged couple were in the process of getting a divorce and police found four clips of KP undressed in the bathroom and several more clips taken by Perez in public places attempting to film under women’s skirts and shorts.

Perez was found guilty in January 2009 of four counts of interference with privacy “for videotaping his wife without her knowledge, while she was undressed in their shared, residential bathroom.”

“A spouse may have a reasonable expectation of privacy when alone in a shared bathroom and does not necessarily lose this reasonable expectation through marriage,” the initial ruling said.

The appeals court upheld that ruling on Tuesday and Perez will now serve his original one-year sentence.